A case for teaching Sign Language to children who have Down syndrome

If you ask any parent of a child with Down syndrome what their child's biggest delay is  is, the answer most often is speech. Expressive language seems to be a near-universal issue for kids with Down syndrome, and their understanding of language far outstrips their ability to express their wants, needs and emotions by the... Continue Reading →

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Why Early Intervention?

A new mom posed these question to us recently, and we decided to answer her with a blog post. What happens if a child doesn't get Early Intervention, basically, why do we do therapies? If children with Down Syndrome will eventually meet the milestones, does it matter if they meet them sooner versus later? This... Continue Reading →

A child’s purpose

When I was in high school, I was a peer tutor in the special education class. It was a classroom which included teenagers with all disabilities. Unfortunately not much was done in said classroom. My job was to let the teachers know if one of the students needed help or if someone needed assistance with... Continue Reading →

Lets talk about Tylenol and Glutathione

Tylenol is safe in the right dose! Tylenol (acetaminophen) is gentler on the body than Motrin (ibuprofen) which is why doctors usually advise that newborns and medically fragile kids take Tylenol instead of Motrin for pain and fever. For healthy children over the age of 1, you can use either medicine for fever-reduction. The main argument... Continue Reading →

Acceptance and the lucky few

Today something big happened. My daughter put one arm on one side of my neck and the other arm on the other side of my neck, came in close and squeezed. This would be her first unprompted hug. Her first proper hug. At first I laughed with joy and then it quickly turned into tears.... Continue Reading →

Thyroid and Down syndrome

Approximately 10% of children with Down syndrome have hypothyroidism and up to 50% of adults with Down syndrome develop hypothyroidism at some point in their life, so doctors recommend every child with Down syndrome be tested for thyroid function at birth, every 6 months till the age of 1, and every year after that (Source).... Continue Reading →

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