Author Archives: Debbie

Over the years I've worn many hats, but the hat of mother is one of my most special. I am not a perfect mother. I make many mistakes, but I have my share of triumphs also. When our youngest daughter came along, she came with a little something extra: Down syndrome. That's when the hat of advocator was added to my hat box. It a hat I try to honor every day and one I like to share with others to let them know they are not alone.

Have You Tried Sign Language

Sign language seems to be the current cure-all for those dealing with speech issues with their children. You are bombarded with it either for your toddler who is just learning to talk or for your child whose speech is delayed. In the beginning I had a positive attitude about sign language. I introduced it to…

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It Will Come

“It will come.” Three simple words meant as encouragement. Meant to give hope. They don’t. In fact, often they are received as a dismissal. As a means of telling me it’s not a big deal. Because I know this phrase is not meant in the way I perceive it, I simply smile and say, “I…

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People First?

Since I’m on the subject of pet peeves I figure I’ll cover another issue that’s not really a pet peeve of mine, but something I’m curious about other’s opinion. In last week’s post, I wrote about the proper term for individuals with Trisomy 21. It was pointed out to me that in England and Canada…

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It’s Down syndrome

It’s a pet peeve of mine. I’m not really sure why. Perhaps it’s because technically it is incorrect, even if it is common use. But every time I see or hear it, I cringe.  When Peanut was born, I barely knew what Down syndrome was, much less why it was called that. In fact, many…

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Sleeping Positions

She can find the craziest place and ways to sleep!

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Friendships: The Lunch Bunch

The beginning of a friendship is innocent and fun. But as time goes on and we let down our guard we have to learn to accept others, faults and all or choose to move on. For a person with Down syndrome or other special needs, it is sometimes difficult to even begin the process. Others…

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Building Lasting Friendships

Everyone needs friends. However, making friends isn’t always easy and for our children it can be even harder. Sometimes our children have behavioral problems that cause other children to shy away. Sometimes there are communication problems, either with the lack of communication or with speech that is difficult to understand. As parents, we often have…

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Bragging Rights

This year my oldest daughter entered high school. The school had several orientation meetings for parents and students about what they could expect in the upcoming years. At the beginning of these meetings the principal would get up and say a few words about the school’s academic record and how well the students have done…

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Too Many Friends?

When Peanut was born, we immediately contacted our local Down syndrome guild. When Peanut was a mere two weeks old, I attended my first Mom’s Night Out with other moms of children with Down syndrome. Very quickly I enveloped myself in the world of parents of children with special needs and found comfort in knowing…

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Merry Christmas

From our house to yours. 

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