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December 22, 2008

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Tamara

My son has Down syndrome and is 11 years old. I think it's easier to have a kid with Down syndrome than a kid with autism because they come with a diagnosis at birth!!! Don't have to prove they're eligible for services when you have a kareotype. :-)

I totally get the teacher/therapist present issue - although I only have one child with a disability. At some point I tired of trying to figure out what to buy all those teachers and therapists, and just started sending a box of Harry & David's! It's not cheap, but cheaper in time in figuring out something to get for everyone and probably costs about the same when you add all the gifts up ... and the teachers/therapists seem to enjoy it. It also hits everyone I might miss who helps him along the way - the school nurse and secretaries etc.

But most of all, it saves me from having to figure out what to give all those people!

One Sick Mother

Hi Tamara,

Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to comment.

I guess with Downs, there is no "is he or isn't he?" so one can can bypass the "fighting" stage and get straight to early intervention. Yes, we had quite a bit of fighting for services (although less so the second time around). I am Irish, which I think gave me a battle advantage ;).

I like the Harry and David's idea. I may try that for next year.

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