Ever have one of those days? One of those weeks? Months? Years? You simply do not know where you are going to get the strength to take one more step forward! The questions, answers, and everything else is so overwhelming, suffocating in fact, and there seems to be no end in sight . . .… Continue reading All it takes . . .
"Frank Stephens, a young man living with Down Syndrome, gives a powerful speech on his life experience and the importance of people living with Down Syndrome in science and research" (Reflect, YouTube, 2017). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQJEoRhkapw For anyone who believes people with Down Syndrome are people with viable lives, lives worth living, listen to this gentleman's proclamation.… Continue reading My Life is Worth Living
Pure! Unadulterated, true, sincere, genuine, real, authentic, wholesome, natural, without false pretense or fabrication. Not necessarily perfect, simply beautiful in form. Hearts rendered pure are Blessed for will see the Kingdom of God (Matthew 5:8). I don't know about other parents' perspectives, I can only attest and witness to what I see, experience, and hear.… Continue reading Blessed with Purity
Teaching children with developmental delays can be challenging when we do not know what our options are. Early intervention is recognized today as essential to increased learning potential for children with special needs, from autism to Down Syndrome. Yet, when my son was little, options were limited. Thankfully, we were introduced to the onset of… Continue reading Learning through Play
As I mentioned last night, I am working on creating a Resource Page . . . In the meantime, a Sneak Preview is in order . . . I found a resource that was immeasurable to me twenty-eight years ago: Brookes Publishing. This publishing company offers a wealth of materials including assessment texts, resource books,… Continue reading A Preview
Resources, supportive networks, and reference materials were and remain imperative to charting our course on the T21 journey. Everything from government agencies, schools, non-profit organizations, parenting, peer, and sibling networks, friends and family and friends who become family, to professional textbooks, journals, and blogs are essential to building an expertise on all that there is… Continue reading Resources
. . . that is the question. A wise woman, a managerial mentor, once taught me the valuable lesson of response versus reaction. This was a lesson in personnel management and not in parenting. Yet, the lesson can be applied in all facets of life when interacting with adverse people. Let's say someone rudely stares… Continue reading To Respond or To React . . .