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Facts about  Dwarfism

Dwarfism is a medical term used to describe a person who is shorter than 4’10” when fully grown and meets several other distinctive physical criteria. There are over 200 different recognized types of dwarfism, and most common include arms and legs that are disproportionate to the size of the head and trunk. Most children with dwarfism are born to parents of normal stature.
Generally, dwarfism does not affect a child’s IQ, and most children born with dwarfism learn to adapt their environments to live normal lives.

Challenges
  • Children with dwarfism sometimes develop bone-related problems due to abnormal structures.
  • Pain from joint damage, misaligned bones, and nerve compression occurs frequently.
  • Treatment
  • Parents should encourage children with dwarfism to be as independent as possible and should treat them as they would children of average stature. Independence will help build your child’s self-esteem and promote the development of a positive self-image.
  • Surgery is sometimes needed to relieve pain in limbs.
  • Children with dwarfism have normal life expectancies and can marry and have children of their own. Many adults with dwarfism go on to adopt children with this same special circumstance.
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    Articles On Dwarfism
    Embracing Anna
    My six brothers and sisters had a decision to make: should we welcome one more child into our family?
    Health & Development Issues in Newly Adopted Children
    Dr. Jane Aronson shares with families what to have evaluated their newly adopted child
    Adopting a Special Needs Child...Is It For You?
    When considering a special needs child, there are a few important questions to ask yourself...
    Attachment and the Special Needs Child
    Meeting the needs of institutionalized and special needs children after adoption.
    Homeschool: Another Learning Environment for Special Children
    How home education can help the adopted child
    Little people, big decisions
    Our daughter with Achondroplasia dwarfism
    Changing Trends in International Adoption
    One year post-hague
    Building our Family through Birth and Adoption
    The Johnston family thrives
    Adopting the International Child with Special Needs
    Over 30 years of evaluating special needs children gives author, Teri Bell, a special insight into what parents need to be aware of.
    What If We Had Never Adopted?
    Choosing our life
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