Family, Parent Resources, Siblings, Uncategorized

Growing Up and Thankful

For the last nine years my husband, our two sons, and I have lived about 2 miles down the road from my parents and three youngest siblings. Like in many households, growth is measured in height. When I was younger we were measured on the door frame leading to the basement, but over the last… Continue reading Growing Up and Thankful

Parent Resources, Uncategorized

Resources from the Down Syndome Diagnosis Network 1st Annual Rockin’ Mom Retreat

On Saturday, September 12th I had the privilege to speak at the 1st Annual Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network Rockin' Mom Retreat in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Unlike other conferences focused on parent education, this one was all about nurturing mothers who shared a common bond - a child born with Down syndrome. While I do not have… Continue reading Resources from the Down Syndome Diagnosis Network 1st Annual Rockin’ Mom Retreat

Elementary, Family, Jr. & Sr. High, Parent Resources, Siblings, Speech & Language, Therapy Activities, Uncategorized

Happy Valentine’s Day (Not)! From Your Sister

Originally published on 2/14/2011. Update includes new photo of my beautiful sister, April. ** This year we received a LOT of Valentines. I don't remember getting this many before. Last week my husband Pete was out of town presenting at a conference. He returned home last night, took one look at our mantel filled to the edges… Continue reading Happy Valentine’s Day (Not)! From Your Sister

Family, Parent Resources, Uncategorized

Including the Visible and Invisible

This week I tweeted Maureen Wallace’s article and received a big response. Inclusion means you don't freak out when I register my child with Down syndrome for a sport http://t.co/z0sgboaV61 via @sheknows — talk-downsyndrome (@talkds) September 22, 2014 It spoke to a common parent concern: That their child will be misjudged because of their diagnosis.… Continue reading Including the Visible and Invisible

Ages and Stages, Birth to Three, Parent Resources, Speech & Language, Uncategorized

When to Start Speech Therapy for Children with Down Syndrome

I am asked frequently, "When should my child start speech therapy?" This is a great question! Usually parents are asking, "Is my child old enough to improve how they sound when they talk?" Many times infants or young children with Down syndrome (DS) will start language therapy at before speech therapy. There is a difference… Continue reading When to Start Speech Therapy for Children with Down Syndrome