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    Welcome to the Special Needs Car Seats Forum

    If you have questions about child restraints for children with special needs, this is the place. Relevant topics would be regarding restraint systems and transportation issues for any children with medical issues that may not allow them to use conventional child restraints. This includes premature and very low birth weight newborns, children in casts, children with behavioral issues and children with various postural or movement disorders or other conditions.

    Certified Technicians who have taken the "Safe Travel for All Children: Transporting Children with Special Health Care Needs" course will assist with responses.

    For local help, please consult the database of certified child passenger safety technicians who have taken this special needs course:

    http://www.preventinjury.org/SNTtrainedPpl.asp

    Additional information can be found at these helpful resources-

    Special Needs FAQ:

    http://www.preventinjury.org/SNTFaq.asp

    Child Passenger Safety Handbook for Children with Special Needs:

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    American Academy of Pediatrics Policy on Transporting Children with Special Health Care Needs and Tips:

    http://aappolicy.aappublications.org...rics;104/4/988

    http://www.aap.org/publiced/BR_SpNeedsCarSeats.htm

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    Re: Welcome to the Special Needs Forum

    Wow, awesome! Thanks, Darren!
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    and Becky, waiting for us as part of our eternal family.
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    Re: Welcome to the Special Needs Car Seats Forum

    Ooo...look, something shiny!

    Thanks!

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    Re: Welcome to the Special Needs Car Seats Forum

    This is great

    Is there anyway we could have a thread that shows where Special Needs Training courses are occurring?

    I keep trying to keep my eyes peeled, but have yet to find a master list of all the courses in the US.
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    Re: Welcome to the Special Needs Car Seats Forum

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    Re: Welcome to the Special Needs Car Seats Forum

    great idea, D!
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    Re: Welcome to the Special Needs Car Seats Forum

    Quote Originally Posted by BW1426 View Post
    This is great

    Is there anyway we could have a thread that shows where Special Needs Training courses are occurring?

    I keep trying to keep my eyes peeled, but have yet to find a master list of all the courses in the US.
    http://www.preventinjury.org/trainingOpp.asp
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    Re: Welcome to the Special Needs Car Seats Forum

    Quote Originally Posted by pixels99 View Post
    Thanks, I do have that bookmarked. I guess I was just hoping that wasn't a master list and there were actually courses offered in more than 3 locations. I guess it's not a wonder we have no one with special needs training in my neck of the woods.
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    Re: Welcome to the Special Needs Car Seats Forum

    Would questions about restraining children on school buses also be best in this forum? I am just thinking that, since alot of the children that need to be restrained on buses have some sort of special need.
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    Re: Welcome to the Special Needs Car Seats Forum

    Quote Originally Posted by lovinwaves View Post
    Would questions about restraining children on school buses also be best in this forum? I am just thinking that, since alot of the children that need to be restrained on buses have some sort of special need.
    That's a good idea!
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    Re: Welcome to the Special Needs Car Seats Forum

    Oooh i love this idea!

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    Re: Welcome to the Special Needs Car Seats Forum

    I was thinking if I should add that as well. Lemme sleep on it!

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    Re: Welcome to the Special Needs Car Seats Forum

    This is a great idea. Thanks for adding it.

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    Re: Welcome to the Special Needs Car Seats Forum

    Description under the title of the subforum is:

    Special Needs and Other Transportation
    Premature Infants, Physiological and Behavioral Problems. School Bus, Aircraft and Public Transport.
    Is that only for special needs questions involving those things, or are all general school bus, public transport questions to go here?
    apparently, people put stuff here.
    imagine:
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    witty quote.

    posted from my computer using the internet...
    Super SEEEEKRIT stuff here.

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    Re: Welcome to the Special Needs Car Seats Forum

    Quote Originally Posted by Simplysomething View Post
    Description under the title of the subforum is:



    Is that only for special needs questions involving those things, or are all general school bus, public transport questions to go here?
    All of the above. I'll try to make the description clearer. I would have made separate forums for each, but since they would all be low volume, I decided to group special transportation issues altogether.

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    Re: Welcome to the Special Needs Car Seats Forum

    Quote Originally Posted by CPSDarren View Post
    All of the above. I'll try to make the description clearer. I would have made separate forums for each, but since they would all be low volume, I decided to group special transportation issues altogether.
    Okay, good to know, thank you for the clarification.

    I think this is an excellent idea for a subforum. That's not brown nosing either.
    apparently, people put stuff here.
    imagine:
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    posted from my computer using the internet...
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    Re: Welcome to the Special Needs Car Seats Forum

    I'm annoyed at myself that I didn't think of it years ago. Or, if it was suggested, that I didn't listen to it.

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    Re: Welcome to the Special Needs Car Seats Forum

    Quote Originally Posted by CPSDarren View Post
    I'm annoyed at myself that I didn't think of it years ago. Or, if it was suggested, that I didn't listen to it.
    Aw well, live and learn. It's here now.

    It would nice to have an article, or a sticky, or something with FAQs about school buses. Almost everytime a bus crashes, we get a flurry of parents worried sick, because buses usually have no seat belts, etc.

    I know every time the topic is brought up, it's thoroughly answered, it would be nice to have it in one spot. If there already is one, forgive me, as I seem to have lost my ability to search and actually FIND things.
    apparently, people put stuff here.
    imagine:
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    posted from my computer using the internet...
    Super SEEEEKRIT stuff here.

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    Re: Welcome to the Special Needs Car Seats Forum

    Hi Darren - can you add something in the first post of this thread to make it clear that this forum is for -all- questions about car seats and other transportation? I thought it might be, but then I read the first post and thought I was wrong (special needs only), but then once people started posting here I read the comments and saw that in fact it is for all questions on that topic after all. Adding that to the first post might help confused people like me.

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    Re: Welcome to the Special Needs Car Seats Forum

    so wait, SN training is really only offered in Illinois and indiana?!?
    i am in NY and really want this certification after i get my CPST next week because i work with a lot of SN kids, they really don't offer it anywhere else?!

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