Gifts 2: How People with Down Syndrome Enrich the World

July 20, 2011

Three years ago when my daughter was born, I received a special book – Gifts: Mothers Reflect on How Children with Down Syndrome Enrich their Lives. The editor, Kathryn Lynard Soper, a writer who has a son with Down syndrome, worked with several other mothers to form a collection of personal stories expressing the blessings children [...]

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More than a Mom

June 25, 2011

Last week I blogged about the need to take a break once in a while, and the authors of More than a Mom understand this need as well as the many others that accompany raising a child with a disability.  Amy Baskin and Heather Fawcett have children with autism and Asperger syndrome respectively, and they wrote this book after noting that [...]

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June 3, 2011
Baby Sign Language

In addition to the sign language resources I wrote about earlier this month, I recently became aware of an excellent website to help parents introduce their children to signing–  This site was created by three mothers who had experienced great success in signing with their own children, but had found there to be limited resources available to [...]

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The Four Walls of My Freedom

May 30, 2011

Three months after Donna Thomson delivered her son Nicholas, life as she knew it changed forever.  After months of wondering why Nicholas was not developing like typical babies, doctors informed her that he had cerebral palsy and would “never be normal”.  The Four Walls of My Freedom is a memoir about her experience parenting a [...]

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Signing Time

May 17, 2011

As we have been on the subject of signing with children, I thought I’d mention the Signing Time video series.   Signing Time was created by Rachel Coleman after she discovered that her daughter Leah was deaf at about 1 year of age.  A musician, Coleman collaborated with her sister to create videos that would give others the ability to communicate [...]

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The Baby Signing Book: includes 350 ASL signs for babies & toddlers

May 7, 2011

  When I mention that we use sign language with our daughter, people often ask me how we learned it.  I’ll just clarify that we  know quite a few everyday words, but we are by no means able to sign fluently.  The most we string together is about 2-3 signs.  Therefore, it has been easy [...]

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Raising a Kid with Special Needs: the complete Canadian guide

April 28, 2011

Last week I reviewed Babies with Down Syndrome: a new parent’s guide and mentioned that the one element that Canadian parents might miss was reference to Canadian laws and services.  Well, I have found the perfect companion guide that will help answer all those Canadian questions and more! Raising a Kid with Special Needs is an excellent [...]

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Babies with Down Syndrome: a new parents’ guide

April 22, 2011

  First published in the 1980s, Babies with Down Syndrome appeared in its third edition in 2008.  The cover calls it: “The complete, compassionate guide to your child’s first five years”, and the book does not disappoint.  It is an excellent reference guide for parents who are raising a child with Down syndrome, and the new edition offers [...]

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March 25, 2011

After my daughter was born, one of my mother’s sisters found the book Gifts and purchased several copies to send to the women in my family, including my sisters, my mom, and another aunt.  Gifts is a collection of heartfelt essays by mothers of children with Down syndrome.  As the title suggests, the overall premise of the book [...]

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I Wish I’d Known

March 2, 2011

Woodbine House is a leading publisher of books on the subject of children with special needs. While perusing their website one day, I came across a beautiful little resource- a collection of thoughts on what parents wish they had known when they were handed that fateful diagnosis of Down syndrome.  What Parents Wish They’d Known is a [...]

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