This past September we started home schooling. Before that our son, who has Down syndrome, attended public school in a regular classroom.
Long after lunchtime one recent afternoon, John Cosentino sat at his usual table, eating his usual snacks. On this day, he was the only resident of the Brooklyn Developmental Center in its cavernous cafeteria.
Researchers are studying how to overcome dental fears and sensory challenges in children with autism. And continuing-education programs are helping dentists and their staffs supplement what they learned in dental school — or, more likely, didn’t learn — about treating children with special needs.
An audit from the state comptroller’s office revealed that $835,074 was misused in 2008 and 2009, much of it going toward the $1.25 million in salary and benefits paid to Edmund L. Cortez, the chief executive officer, during that time.