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

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Family, Uncategorized

I’m Outraged! Now What? Thoughts on Baby with Down Syndrome “Abandoned” by Mother

When Down syndrome (DS) makes my Facebook trending sidebar, I click the link. By now you've likely seen the article on Sam Forrest heroically taking his son when his wife allegedly abandoned him. And the internet exploded with outrage followed by the desire to "do something to help." As of this morning Forrest's Go Fund… Continue reading I’m Outraged! Now What? Thoughts on Baby with Down Syndrome “Abandoned” by Mother

Family, Speech & Language, Uncategorized

Changing Therapists

Will someone please cue Neil Sedaka? They say that breaking up is hard to do. Now I know, I know that it's true. I've had a number of people ask me recently, "How do I know if it's time to change therapists?" This is a loaded question with lots to consider. I'm going to base… Continue reading Changing Therapists

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