Day 28 – Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Day #28 In a survey of more than 3,000 families of individuals with Down syndrome, 97% of brothers/sisters, ages 9-11, said they love their sibling with an extra chromosome. (www.brianskotko.com) (Note: Today’s post is written by Willow’s big sister, Bella) My sister Willow is so kind and careing. She aways likes to play with me … More Day 28 – Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Day 27- Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Day #27 While there are certain characteristic physical features that set people with Down syndrome apart, people with an extra 21st chromosome usually resemble their families more than they resemble one another.  Willow looks a lot like her sister. In fact, Bella often tells people they’re “like twins.” When Willow smiles, I see her brother. … More Day 27- Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Day 26 – Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Day #26 Recent surveys in the U.S. of parents, doctors, and medical students indicate that outdated and inaccurate information about Down syndrome is being provided to pregnant women who are prenatally diagnosed or at birth of their child. (www.globaldownsyndrome.org) The doctor that delivered Willow’s diagnosis of Down syndrome was blunt but kind. He worked in … More Day 26 – Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Day 23 – Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Day #23 There is a 50-100% incidence of obstructive sleep apnea in individuals with Down Syndrome, with almost 60% of children with Down syndrome having abnormal sleep studies by age 3.5 – 4 years. The overall incidence of obstructive sleep apnea increases as children grow older. (www.ndss.org) Willow is a restless sleeper. She always has … More Day 23 – Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Day 22 – Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Note: Today’s post is written by Willow’s dad, Kip. Day #22 Some people associate Down syndrome with a lack of intelligence. Don’t be one of those people.    Just like typical children, Willow learns best through imitation.   She closely studies what “her” people (other kids) are doing and then copies them. She usually refuses … More Day 22 – Down Syndrome Awareness Month