These posts highlight new parent information, medical resources, support for parents raising a child born with Down syndrome, or other “special needs.”, and other helpful information. You’ll also find products that worked well for us, parenting tips, strategies, and other helps for new parents or seasoned pros. :)
Ethan was killed by police officers after now leaving a movie theater.
I came across a story in The Daily Mail about a 26 year old man with Down Syndrome, Robert Ethan Saylor, who was suffocated by police after not leaving a showing of the movie “Zero Dark Thirty” Robert’s death was ruled a homicide today. (Meaning these policeman killed this man.)
Owen and His Teammates after back to back 3 pointers!
Just in case you still think social media isn’t powerful, keep reading.
Owen Groesser, a high school junior who also just so happens to have been born with Down syndrome nailed not one, but two three pointers within two minutes of playing time in his first basketball game of the season.
After news broke of Owen’s epic three pointers, his friends (and fan’s) blew up twitter with the hash tag “#GetOwenOnSportsCenter.” And wouldn’t you know the very next day SportsCenter had Owen and his dad on their program!
(Here’s a picture that his friends created and shared on twitter in hopes of getting the attention of SportsCenter.)
Click play to watch the a short clip from the interview, as well as Owen nail his three pointers!
What I like even more than the three pointers is how Owen’s teammates treated him at the end of the video. They didn’t treat him as the “Down syndrome kid on the basketball team” they treated him as just another one of the guys.
Let me just tell you, as a father of a child with Down syndrome, I LOVED seeing that! Noah’s only a little over 2 years old now, but I can tell you that even know I pray for his future friends, and future acceptance. My hope is that Noah has some of the same friends that it looks like Owen has (and it’d be cool if we could sink some 3′s like Owen too!)
My hats off to Sportscenter for taking the time to air this story. Stories like this go a long way in helping to break inaccurate stereotypes about people born with Down syndrome, and I hope we continue to see them! People with Down syndrome do a lot more than just make three pointers. They go to college, get married, become public speakers, get their drivers license, lead meaningful lives full of purpose..oh yah, and dance!
What did you think about this video, and the ESPN interview? Leave a comment and tell us about it!
There are no words to describe how awesome of a year 2012 was, both for our family and the community that was built around this blog.
I’ll be sharing some of my thoughts about this past year in an upcoming post, but in the meantime I wanted to share our top ten posts of 2012 with you. I listed them in reverse order of number of visitors per post. If you’ve been following our story it should be no surprise to you what our most popular post of 2012 was….in fact it’s the post that really kicked started this whole thing. That one post changed everything.
Our entire family wishes you and your family a very happy New Year. We want you to know that we sincerely appreciate all of the kind comments, emails, tweets, facebook notes, etc….we don’t get a chance to reply to each and everyone personally, but please know that all of your messages are read, and all are greatly encouraging (for the most part) to us. Thank you for them all, and thank you for sharing your family with us.
The coolest part of this blog for us is getting to meet so many of the awesome people who, for some reason, take the time to read our ramblings. We’ve become friends with people from all over the world through this blog, and our Facebook page, and we look forward to meeting many more in 2013!
The Top 10 Posts On NoahsDad.com of 2012
Without further ado I’ll leave you with this list of our top posts from 2012 in reverse order of views:
Well it’s that time again. The week before Christmas!
If you’re anything like me (and I really hope you aren’t) you’re planning on knocking out some serious last minute Christmas gift shopping the next 5 days! If so, it’s ok. Really. Just take a deep breath, relax, and let your fingers do all the last minute shopping for you! Isn’t the internet awesome!?
12 Awesome Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas For A Child Under 25 Dollars!
All of the items listed below are handpicked as some of Noah’s very favorite items, all of which are on sale for 25 dollars or less, and can be delivered to your (or your loved ones door) in time for Christmas! Pretty cool, huh?
Also most of the items have FREE SHIPPING as well. You can’t beat that! Oh, and if you’re a member of Amazon Prime (you are a member of Amazon Prime aren’t you?) you can get overnight shipping for 3.99! Now that’s awesome! (By the way you can get a free 30 day trial to Amazon Prime right now. If you aren’t a member you really should check it out as there are a TON of benefits!)
Noah has been pushing his walker for awhile now. His favorite would be the Fisher-Price Go Baby Go! Stride-to-Ride Dino that he is using in today’s video. (Which also made our list of top toys.) We’ve been trying to get him to walk on different surfaces since he is becoming a pro on the carpet in our house. Today we took him out in the backyard to get to experience walking on grass for the first time. The options for different textures that your child can walk on are endless from sand, tile, gym mats, to puddles just to name a few. All of these different surfaces are helpful not only with walking but also with sensory development.
Balance and Muscle Control
Just look at that balance!
Walking on sand, grass, and other softer surfaces activates different muscles than walking on a hard surfaces. The child is having to counteract the movement of the surface with their body, especially their core (better known as balance). Balance is something that a lot of children with Down syndrome can struggle with due to hypotonia and changing up their walking surface challenges this weakness. We all know that we get a much better workout if we go running in the sand than around the track for the same reasons. It is also the theory behind those popular shoes that are supposed to tone the lower body (are those working for anyone?). It will help the child become even more controlled on a firm surface helping them master walking.
Changing up the surface with a push toy in particular will change the resistance the child is working against. Grass and sand offer a lot of resistance so the child really has to push, where as tile may cause a face plant the first few times you try it out as the toy can get away from them. Even carpet was initially hard for Noah as the toys could get away from him too quickly, so putting him in the grass offered him a way to push the toy on his own as well as build muscles. The resistance also activates the core, and if you have learned just one thing from our therapy visits it is that the core is the center of the majority of motor milestones.
Keeping those feet bare will help with sensory integration for the child as well. We have talked about how swings are also important for this as well. Experiencing textures helps their brain process all the different sensations from the poking of grass, to the coolness of tile. I encourage you to get the added benefit of plopping your child down on surfaces so their hands can get the benefit too. Noah is not a big fan of touching grass, but the more exposure he gets the better he does. Sand is an awesome texture for sensory integration as they can really dig their toes and fingers into it. We’ve heard shaving cream is pretty awesome too, but we aren’t quite ready for that mess at our house.
As I was driving home from our monthly Rockin’ 21 party tonight I passed this interesting street sign in the middle of a large subdivision. The bright yellow street reads, “Autistic Child“(people first language?) and pictures two children playing on a see saw. There was also a matching street sign across the street from this one.
I had never seen a street sign like this before so I snapped a quick picture. (I hope the people who live here don’t think I’m a creeper or anything. Ha!)
I’m super curious since I’ve never in my life seen one of these signs; have any of you ever seen on these signs before? If so, do you know what they are for (I’m assuming so people will slow down.) If the city / sub-division pays for them (I’m assuming they don’t.) And if the parents have to get permission from the city / sub-division? (I’m assuming they do.)
I can see pros and cons of having a sign like this in front of your house. What are your thoughts on the “Autistic Child” Street Sign? Leave a comment below and let me know.
Today’s post is long, but I hope it is helpful and makes a difference in someone’s life as I feel it is something that is often missed in children with Down syndrome. The majority of pediatricians follow the guidelines for health maintenance for children with Down syndrome. Seizures are listed as something to look out for, however us “smart doctors” think it is a hard diagnosis to miss. I mean who wouldn’t realize a child was having a seizure, right? Wrong.
I was not aware how common seizures were in children with Down syndrome prior to Noah being born (seizures occurs in 8-10% of children with Down syndrome) but we have come to know several families that are dealing with this diagnosis. It has broken my heart how long it has taken some of them to get a diagnosis hence the reason I knew this post needed to be written.
Infantile spasms (also known as West syndrome) is not a new diagnosis to me as I have dealt with it in residency as well as in my current practice. I think it is an easily missed diagnosis in children with Down syndrome as their development and sometimes other medical conditions skew the picture. However, if your doctor has it on their radar it can lead to a much earlier diagnosis. It was on my radar for Noah and he did some things that made me worry that brought us to a neurologist ourselves. (Be sure to watch today’s video located at the top of this post so you can just how scary Noah’s behavior looked.)
3 Symptoms Pediatricians Are Looking For In Order To Diagnose Your Child Infantile Spasms
Infantile spasms have three very specific symptoms for diagnosis.
You have a brief spasm that looks like a contraction or arching of the torso with stiffening of the extremities. It is often described like a hiccup and that is about how long the spasm lasts. They usually come in clusters, and can appear painful and cause the child to cry.
They are associated with developmental regression meaning that milestones that your child used to have are no longer there, such as not being able to crawl or sit up anymore. The child is usually less interactive and grumpy with this regression.
An Electroencephalogram (EEG) shows brain waves called hypsarrythmia.
Sometimes What Looks Like Infantile Spasms, Isn’t.
Looks scary, huh?
Noah started having some strange movements most commonly after he was done eating, but also at other times. It had been going on for several weeks but was becoming more frequent. He would make a grimace and stiffen up his body. They only lasted a few seconds and he would go back to normal. He actually would find them humorous. It looked like a spasm to my eyes however Noah has never had developmental regression and continued to be very happy and engaged with us, which reassured me that this was not infantile spasms. That doesn’t mean that we didn’t want to verify that.
We took a video of the episodes and showed our awesome pediatrician. (Bonus tip: if your child is doing something weird always take a video as it will never happen in the doctor’s office). She agreed with me that they looked like a spasm, however he didn’t fit the requirements for infantile spasms like I mentioned above. She referred us to a neurologist and we were set up for an EEG just to be safe.
Off to the Neurologist we go.
I wanted to share our experience with taking Noah to the neurologist just in case you may ever find yourself their, you’ll know what to expect.
What’s An Electroencephalogram (EEG) Like?
The room where the EEG is preformed is actually pretty nice. It’s like a mini motel room. You’ll be able to hang out in the room with your child, cuddle with them, etc.
Waiting for the EGG.
The initial EEG is only 1 hour and you need to have one tired child on your hands. Seizures are most likely to occur in the transition to sleep especially when you are sleep deprived. We put Noah to sleep late, woke him up early and denied him his morning nap. Doesn’t that sound like fun?
I love this little boy.
Setting up for the EEG is the worst part, it involves a lot of electrodes placed on the head with gel, tape, and some gauze. Noah was not a fan, neither were his parents.Once we were done with that part, Noah was able to calm down and tolerate his new “hat”. None of this was painful, just annoying.
“I’d rather be watching cartoons!”
“This doesn’t look my bedroom!”
“Ummm…daddy; what’s on my head?”
The first few minutes of the EEG were spent trying to cause a seizure with lights flashing rapidly and then they wanted Noah to sleep, which was easy considering how tired he was. It felt like hours had passed before it was over. We watched TV, played on our phones, and watched our little man sleep. FInally it was over. The results were sent to our neurologist who we would follow up with that afternoon.
Noah and his dad cuddling during the EGG.
“It’s nice to have all of that gunk out of my hair!”
From The EEG To The Neurologist.
We were able to immediately meet with our neurologist after the EEG which may not be a common occurrence. He had read the EEG and the good news is that he did not show signs of hypsarrythmia or any other sign of seizure. Whewâ€¦that was a relief. Just of note: a normal 1 hour EEG does not mean that your child does not have seizures, especially if the events you are concerned about did not happen during that period. Hypsarrythmia is something that can be seen outside of the spasms and not just during a spasm so if it is not seen during your 1 hour EEG there is a good chance it is not present despite not having an event. If you are still concerned, keep pressing on for further evaluation.
I think the neurologist may have thought that we were really there to figure out how smart Noah was going to be, as he kept telling us over and over there is no way to predict how our kid would end upâ€¦thanks Dr. Neurologist that wasn’t why we were there, we were just a little worried that our son was having seizures. He stated that if the episodes got worse we should follow up. Usually the second EEG lasts 24 hours and is done in the hospital where your child is monitored the entire time and you click a button when your child has the events you are concerned about. He gave us reassurance that Noah was doing great plus some developmental information on how he was doing, and that ended our very long day.
“Time to go home!”
“Sometimes Kids Just Do Weird Stuff.”
Even though I really didn’t think Noah had infantile spasms, it was such a relief to be reassured. Noah continued to do these movements for a few months and they slowly decreased in frequency until they stopped. We have heard a few other people say that their child with Down syndrome started to do similar movement around 12 months of age and resolved after a few months without having developmental regression and if an EEG was done it was normal. So with that being said, even if after reading this you are now concerned that your child is making some strange movements the end result can be nothing to worry about. I don’t know why Noah did these movements, it could have been reflux, getting attention, or something he just figured out to do that was fun, who knows. In fact, my husband asked the neurologist why he thought Noah was making those strange moments with his body and eyes, and the neurologist said:
“Sometimes kids just do weird stuff. It’s normal, and there’s nothing to worry about.”
Thanks to Facebook we have been able to meet so many great people and heard so many stories. I would like to share the story of a child who really does have infantile spasms and their journey to his diagnosis.
An Infantile Spasm Diagnosis: William’s Story
“Hi, I’m William!”
William was found to have Down syndrome prior to being born. His parents did an awesome job at preparing as they spoke to other parents, they joined support groups, and they even had an appointment scheduled at the Down syndrome clinic in Boston prior to William even being born. They also knew of some things they needed to prepare for such as a possible ventricular septal defect (VSD) and duodenal atresia. William had surgery within 24 hours of being born and went home about 2 weeks later. He had some other things he dealt with such a severe reflux, and tracheomalacia. He ended up having a Nissen (when they take part of the stomach and wrap it around the esophagus to keep food in the stomach and not up in your nose) which seemed to really help him and he was doing great. This is their story in their words after these events. I added my own two cents in parenthesis
He got a little cold in August, and after that things just werenâ€™t right. We kept treating him for ear infections. We werenâ€™t sure if he had them since Williamâ€™s ear canals are so small that the doctors couldnâ€™t see in them. But we treated him for it anyway because he was congested and he was miserable. He started to gnaw at one or two of his thumbs in the sides of his mouth as if he was teething, which he wasnâ€™t. His eyes also began to cross. He started to lose the ability to focus on anything. He was withdrawing. We werenâ€™t sure if he could see.
Every once in awhile we noticed heâ€™d have periods where it looked like his whole body was clenching. I thought perhaps he was retching. I remember telling the pediatrician he had this weird clenching thing he was doing, and wanted to know if it had to do with the Nissen. (Children with a Nissen can’t throw up but retch or go through the movements of throwing up without the end result)
Things really started to fall apart. He had been rolling, but he had stopped. He was very grumpy. He stopped smiling. He was just not responding to anyone. He had periods of absolute inconsolability. We thought it was his ears. He couldnâ€™t hear anything. Wouldnâ€™t even respond to loud noises. We kept on going to the doctors. We got answers like he was teething, or itâ€™s his constipation, or itâ€™s an ear infection. All of which may have been true.
We saw a local opthamologist with regard to his eyes. He said there was something wrong, but structurally he felt the eyes were fine. So, he sent us to Boston. They confirmed that other than having crossed eyes, structurally his eyes were fine. I was still concerned though about his inability to focus.
My friend sent me to see an otolaryngologist at Boston Childrenâ€™s. Due to fluid in his ears, William had minimal eardrum movement out of one ear, and none out of the other. We were scheduled right away for tubes. After that surgery we were told that he did have conductive hearing loss, but that should go away. He began to hear things, respond to voices and startle with loud noises. But he still never visually focused on anything.
Throughout, William was still having these periods of clenching. The only way I can describe it was to say it was as if it were exaggerated hiccups. They were typically when heâ€™d wake up from a nap. Theyâ€™d last about 5 minutes (meaning clusters of these clenching episodes), and happen several times a day. Heâ€™d clench and then relax for about 20 seconds, whimpering in between.
9 Months: Diagnosis
William and his buddy!
Developmentally, William was regressing. He was still not sitting at 9 months. He lacked trunk control, and was wobbling and jerking. He was having trouble lifting his head during tummy time. He was almost completely withdrawn. After his ear surgery he began sucking on his thumb in the center of his mouth for as much as an hour or more, instead of one or two thumbs in the sides of his mouth for a couple of minutes. We werenâ€™t sure if it was due to the Down Syndrome or something else. We were frustrated.
We finally had our first appointment with the Down Syndrome Clinic in Boston. I had taken a video in November, to try to ask whether he was retching from the Nissen. My husband mentioned we should show it at the Clinic (they knew my tip before I even said it), just one more time to see if they could confirm it was a result of the Nissen or not. (See how there are things going on that can confuse the picture of what really is going on)
We saw Dr. Emily Davidson at the Down Syndrome Clinic. We explained our concerns about Williamâ€™s lack of development. We showed her the video. We told her about these clenching episodes that were happening a few times a day, usually when he wakes up. She knew instantly what it was. She picked up the phone and scheduled an EEG. She told us if it was what she thought it was, and she was pretty sure she was right, weâ€™d be hospitalized for a few days. She told us that she thought William had something called Infantile Spasms, which is a kind of seizure. The video I showed her of William having a spasm was what she called a classic â€œSalaamâ€ Seizure. She said it could explain a lot of the symptoms William was experiencing, including the lack of developmental progression. She said there were two types of treatments. One, ACTH, is very successful with Down Syndrome, would be the likely first line treatment.
We went to have the EEG, where all sorts of brain electrodes were â€œgluedâ€ onto Williamâ€™s head to track his brain waves. The tech forewarned us that William was not going to like it. He was right. It wasnâ€™t that it was painful. It just involved a lot of measuring, and putting cold glue on his head. He cried and cried. It worked though because he indicated they want to try to wear them out so they sleep. William slept and they tracked his brain waves. Then the tech woke him up. As if on cue, he had one of his spasms.
The neurologist came in and told us that Infantile Spasms had been confirmed. I cried. I was just so relieved we had an answer. We were admitted to Boston Childrenâ€™s Hospital in the Neurology ward. William, still wearing his electrodes, was monitored for 24 hours in a special room with a camera. They were watching the hypsarrhythmia, or abnormal brain waves, which cause the Infantile Spasms. Whenever he had an episode of spasms, or a cluster, I had to press a button.
We were scheduled for an MRI. After consulting with the physician and Dr. Davidson, we opted NOT to have one. The reason for the MRI is to confirm some sort of brain abnormality or some other reason for the child to have Infantile Spasms. However, the correlation between Infantile Spasms and Down Syndrome is so strong, that typically when a baby comes to them without a Trisomy 21 diagnosis, the first question they ask is if they are they sure the child doesnâ€™t have Down Syndrome. So, the probability of trying to find some other underlying disease causing the Infantile Spasms was highly improbable given we already knew that William has Down Syndrome. Collectively we decided the benefit of having the MRI was smaller than the risk of having William sedated. (I couldn’t agree more with this statement)
Given the success of ACTH with children with Down Syndrome, that was the first line treatment that was decided upon. Itâ€™s expensive. Very expensive. $23,000.00 per vial expensive. Thank goodness the insurance company covered it. They shipped William 3 vials to our home.
ACTH is a daily steroid injection. I was informed that how it works is that it releases cortisol from the adrenal gland, which works to reverse the hypsarrhythmia, which causes the seizures.
The nurses at Boston Childrenâ€™s taught me how to draw the medication up and how to inject William. We practiced with oranges and saline. Before we could leave the hospital, we had to show that we could give William the injections. They showed us how to test Williamâ€™s stool for blood and his urine for glucose as the medication can cause gastrointestinal bleeding and elevation in blood glucose levels (which then end up in the urine) like diabetes. The medication can also cause elevated blood pressure, weight gain, and irritability.
We were lucky enough to have wonderful roommates at the hospital. Their little girl also had infantile spasms. They were EMTâ€™s, so they had medical training. They gave us great advice, such as to make sure when we were discharged, that the nurses give us the doses in mL, and not units. They forewarned me about the increased hunger and irritability. Their little girl had reflux with ACTH, which is also common, which adds to the irritability. They told us about the Cushing Syndrome, which is puffiness in the face, which is a result of using a steroid. They offered a lot of great advice.
My very brave husband gave William his second injection of ACTH, and we were released from the hospital. We have the local VNA coming out twice a week to check his blood pressure, and we are going to see our pediatrician twice a week to check his blood pressure as well as review any issues we might be having. We also had to test his stools for blood and his urine for elevated blood sugar daily.
At this point, we are done with the month-long treatment of ACTH. Williamâ€™s seizures have decreased in number and severity, but have not gone away completely yet. However, he is also starting to progress developmentally. Heâ€™s starting to roll more, pick his head up, smile, and focus on people and things. He recently even giggled for the first time, and now is vocalizing for periods of time.
William is doing great. We are thrilled with his progress since February. Stephen and I are very blessed to have such a supportive family and we have found some wonderful doctors and therapists who keep William progressing and us learning every day. We are especially blessed to be working with Dr. Davidson at Boston Children’s Down Syndrome Clinic. We truly believe she saved William with the infantile spasm diagnosis and she is a fantastic support and a wealth of information.
Also, William is going to be a big brother soon, how exciting is that?
Thanks to William’s mom and dad for sharing their story with our community. We hope you found their story helpful and encouraging And congrats to William on being a big brother. It sounds like he is going to be a great one!
The following are links about Infantile Spasms in children with Down Syndrome that William’s family found helpful. If you’re looking for some trusted information about infantile spasms, these links would be a great place to start.
Dec 4, 2012 there will be a seminar on Infantile Spams done by the clinic that William attends for those who are interested, you will be able to watch it after the date as well.
Tips For Concerned Parents
After reading this if you are at all concerned please head to your primary care physician and ask for an EEG. Developmental regression is a very concerning symptom. Yes you can regress TEMPORARILY when new siblings are born, there are changes at home, or a child is sick. It shouldnever be a long lasting condition with more and more milestones lost. This is a huge red flag and needs to be investigated by your doctor. You also know your child best and if you think something is going on, push for answers. I can’t tell you how many times I have listened to a parent despite thinking everything was ok only to find out there really was something going on.
The only person who will advocate for your child is you, so keep pushing if you are concerned.
In the end it will be worth it as either you will get reassurance or finally get the diagnosis you have been looking for.
Are there any other parents out there who have dealt with infantile spasms? How long did it take to get diagnosed? How is your child doing now?
We get questions from people all over the world via email, Facebook, Twitter, ourYoutube channel, our Google Plus channel, etc asking about our family, our site, what it’s like raising a child with Down syndrome, and much more; so since October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month (don’t feel bad if you didn’t know this) I thought it would be fun (and hopefully helpful) to answer some of the questions you may have. Nothing is off limits!
These emails aren’t only from people who have recently received a Down syndrome diagnosis, but by physical and occupational therapy students, high school and college students working on a research paper, people in other countries who are interested in learning more about what life is like for a child with Down syndrome in the United States, the general public just interested in learning more, and from a variety of other people.
What’s Your Question About Down Syndrome?
While we aren’t always able to answer every questions that we are asked, we try our best to answer as many as we can. However, these questions, and their related answers, are only seen by the people who asked the question. So what we would like to do is see what some of the most popular (or really unique) questions you may have for us are, and pick some of them to write about on our blog so that everyone can see the question and answer. I think it could be fun.
Just leave a comment below asking your question and we’ll pick some of the most popular ones to answer right here on the blog. If someone else asks a question that you would also like to see answered, please take a second to reply to their comment letting us know. We’ll try to pick some of the questions that the most people would like to see answered, as well as some of the more unique ones, so ask away
If you have a question that you would like to ask but don’t want to make it public (by leaving a comment) feel free to contact us directly and ask your question. If we choose your question, your name won’t be mentioned in the post. (Please note, it’s better to leave your question in the comment below so we can see how many people also have an interest in seeing that question answered. So pleaseonly use the comment form if you feel you really need to.)
We’re only 21 months into this journey so we aren’t Down Syndrome experts by any means, but we’ll do our best to answer any questions you may have.
Have you checked out The Wall of Awesome?
In honor of Down Syndrome Awareness Month we heave created the 2012 Down Syndrome Awareness Month Wall of Awesome. At the time of this post we have almost eight pages of amazing stories! Be sure to check out The Wall of Awesome, read through the stories, add your own, and share it with your friends and families.
Our hope is to create one of the largest pages of amazing stories about children and adults with Down syndrome anywhere on the internet. This way when someone receives a Down syndrome diagnosis they can come to The Wall of Awesome and find pages and pages of stories to bring them hope and encouragement. So please take a second to check it out and add your story!
What’s your question about Down syndrome, our story, something you always wanted to ask us but were afraid to ask, parenting, etc? Please leave a comment below and let us know. We can’t to see what’s on your mind and answer some of your questions. And remember, nothing is off limits, so ask away!
So in honor of Down Syndrome Awareness Month we have created a Wall of Awesome. That’s right. A Wall of Awesome.
So just what is a wall of awesome? I’m glad asked. Basically this is a place where a parent can come and submit a story (with pictures) about something awesome their child has down and that they want the world to know about! My goal is to have a place at the end of the month where the world can come and see all of the amazing things children born with Down syndrome are accomplishing each day! Here’s a quick video that describes the Wall of Awesome as well.
You can also learn more by checking out this post on Life News.
So please be sure to share this link with your friends and family, and visit the Wall of Awesomeand post your story! By the way feel free to post as many stories as you’d like. The more the better…the awesomer!
I can’t wait to read all of the stories you share!
By the way feel free to turn this page into a mini wall of awesome by sharing stories and pictures about your children in the comments below. And if you’d like to learn more about what life is like raising a child with Down syndrome head over to this post where you can ask us any question you’d like! Seriously.