Talking with Siblings about Down Syndrome

Having a child with Down Syndrome impacts the lives of every member of his/her family. Two questions that may come to mind for parents with other children.

How to talk with children about their sibling with Down Syndrome?

Like many other topics, this should be discussed honestly and at a level that the child can understand. For young children, it can be helpful for parents to give the child a practiced response to use when a question about their sibling with Down Syndrome arises. This can help your child feel more comfortable and confident.  For example, “That is my sister.  She is just like you and me.  Sometimes, she can take longer to learn things.”

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Keeping Kids Safe: Gun Safety

Keeping Kids Safe: Gun Safety

As a pediatrician, when I care for my patients, I recognize that every family is unique. This includes respecting and accepting the family’s values and beliefs, and the environment in which they live. But, to provide the very best care that I can, it is critical to help families ensure their home is safe and supportive for everyone, even when the topic might be controversial, like with guns.

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Play with a Purpose

March is Child Life Month and we’re kicking off the month with a poem from one of our Child Life Specialists.

What is Child Life?

Child Life Specialists have a unique career,
We’re specially trained to ease anxiety and fear.

 

Many people think all we ever do is play,
But our foundations are in Erikson and Piaget.

 

Procedures, scans, surgeries and tests,
We prepare and distract to help you do your best.

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Celebrate Happy Hearts

February is known to be the month of love. The month of roses, I love you’s and conversation candy hearts. Everyone knows this. But few people know that February is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Month. And why would you unless you were personally affected? I was uninformed until my daughter, Harper, was born with a complete AV Canal Defect and Down syndrome, in August 2011. Now we celebrate February 1st by wearing red for heart disease awareness and celebrate World Down syndrome Day on March 21st.

These celebrations wouldn’t have meant anything to me 2 years ago. I was early in my pregnancy in February 2011 and selfishly unaware of Congenital Heart Defect Awareness month. And also unaware that, my newly created daughter, was going to be born with defects.

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