You are the parents of a
child with Down Syndrome!
Everything is in perceptions, and you may as
well start on day one.
You do not have a Down Syndrome child. You have
a child with Down Syndrome if you use that term.
LOVE- this is a scary world. It is big, bright, and cold.
TOUCH - like
all babies, the sense of touch
is the first sense they are
aware of after being in the
TALK - like
all babies, they are learning
their world. They know your
voices. They may not understand
the words, but very few newborns
understand words. They get
stimulation and affection from
PLAY - No they
canít play football or tag yet,
but you can play with your child
like any other parent plays with
their new born infant. You play
with their fingers and toes,
their ears and their nose, and
tickle their belly.
FOOD - Some
babies will go onto formulas,
and some will be breastfed.
Nourishment matters. Breastfed
children tend to have
problems with speech and less
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Pat yourself on
the back, you have just done the
first important steps for your
child to build neural pathways.
Your child will need to build a
lot of them.
For your baby to
have the best chance at a full
and complete life, you have to
become the expert on your
childís health. Your child
matters the most to you. Get
used to that quickly.
You do not need to become a
You DO need
to become a proactive parent.
instincts about what is right
and questionable. You have to
We will be
able to help you, but we are not
the EXPERT ON YOUR CHILD.
YOU ARE THE EXPERT THAT MATTERS.
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You are the one that is there
with your child through thick and
You are the one that your baby is counting on for help.
Make no mistake, you are not going to have a leisurely walk in the
There is a lot of work. The more enjoyable that you
make it for you; the better the effects will be for your child.
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You are going to have moments of frustration.
Every parent has
frustrations; your child is learning about life as you learn about
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You have a new born child, and you are going to learn so much about
things that never interested you before.
On the plus side though,
you are going to guarantee that your child has every possible
advantage to succeed, and you will minimize your nights in
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You are a new parent of a child that is Einstein Challenged.
Remember and keep telling yourself that.
Your child will do better if both parents are involved in the work
because you each have your unique qualities.
Now take a look at your baby, it could be a great scientist, or it
could be a great human being. No one knows right now where your
childís success will be.
WHATEVER THEIR SUCCESS IS WILL DEPEND UPON WHICH DOORS ARE OPENED