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A New School Year Letter to My Helpers

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As we embark on a new school year, Kyle introduces himself to his first grade school helpers. Dear School Helpers, My name is Kyle and I am 6 years old. My mom Katie is typing my new school year letter for me because my keyboarding and vocabulary skills are still “in progress.” I was sad to leave kindergarten, but I… Read more »

Communicating daily with school

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When your child doesn’t have the vocabulary to describe the day’s events, a parent-teacher log is a great method for communicating daily with school. There is no doubt, despite all my wonder and awe at my son’s Village, that in reality his Village is overworked and overbooked. From the first day I sent a notebook in Kyle’s backpack for communicating… Read more »

Our annual reality check

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It takes some getting used to, and in all honesty, I am still working on it: coordinating my expectations with Kyle’s developmental timeline. As Kyle is the third of four kids, I have a general idea of when to expect skills to emerge for a typical kid. Up until about 5 months, Kyle seemed to be right on track. But… Read more »

The aftermath of Down syndrome abortion

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The emotional aftermath of abortion is becoming a worldwide epidemic. Although most of the women who endure abortion are suffering in silence, many find comfort by sharing their grief with others in online public, anonymous forums. I focus a lot on the Down syndrome-related aspects of why I believe babies with Down syndrome should not be terminated. However, in taking… Read more »

Drawing the Line (the reality of The Eradication)

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My fictional story The Eradication is closer to reality than you might think. Scientists have discovered a genetic mutation that leads to the development of autism. Less than two weeks ago, a study was released that shows a different genetic mutation plus lead exposure (found in everything from toys to vacuum cleaner cords) increases the chances of a child developing… Read more »

Love is a prayer

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My first thoughts in the year 2016 centered around prayer, mostly that I don’t do enough of it. My paths are paved with the best intentions. Each season of the Church year I dutifully pick up the accompanying prayer book from church. I imagine my family gathered around the dinner table in shared devotion. Then life happens. Dinner is chaos… Read more »