Websites and Documents
The National Down Syndrome Society website provides a variety of information. If you prefer to read a brochure, instead of following threads on the website, a good place to start is with this brochure, which covers basic information about Down Syndrome and the work of the NDSS.
Useful information from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (National Institutes of Health): Rett Syndrome Fact Sheet.
Teaching Students with Sensory Impairments: Strategies for Mainstream Teachers is the result of a cooperative international program sponsored by Trinity University (San Antonio, Texas). While the program does not focus on preschool/infant programs, it includes information useful in that setting. Note: "links" may be Word Document downloads.
Inherited Metabolic Disorders
An overview covering a wide range of metabolic disorders from WebMD.
Attention Defict Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
From the National Institute of Mental Health, an excellent overview of ADHD, its cause and treatment. Information is also downloadable in pdf, ePub and mobi formats for eReading devices.
Autism/Autism Spectrum Disorder
From the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (National Institutes of Health): Autism Fact Sheet. Also, see the video to the right from the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD).
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this Cerebral Palsy page provides a range of information, including basics about the disorder, statistics and data, scientific articles and more.
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this Spina Bifida page provides useful information.
Infants and toddlers may be challenged by a variety of chronic illnesses, from those listed above to things like allergies and asthma. This Children with Chronic Conditions section of the University of Michigan Health System website talks about the variety of these conditions and strategies for working with children. Though aimed at parents, much of the information is useful to teachers as well.