Breaking News - You have Down Syndrome / Down Syndrome Center
I try not to post unless I have something I think is of significance. Nothing has struck me of late worth posting until two things came along at once this week.
We were advised (I won't say by who but it was a professional!) that it is a good idea to start telling your child (in our case Ava) that she has Down Syndrome? This may seem a blindingly obvious thing to most people but not us? We kind of thought to date that it is all about fitting in and inclusion and we certainly never mention it explicitly. The reason however for discussing this with your child from an early age is that so when it does come up they are prepared / aware and not taken aback / upset. Other children / teachers may mention it and they need to be aware. This seems sound advice so we plan to do it but brand new information for us?
Secondly as per previous posts we have been involved with Down Syndrome Center who provide the excellent Liaison Nurse service and have a great website / facebook page with fab articles. I see from their site that Sheila Campbell is no longer CEO. Sorry to see Sheila go and hope both herself and DSC continue to do great work!
South Dublin Dad is the proud Father of Ava Charlotte born April 4th 2008. She is my little Princess. She is super-loved (tm) by South Dublin Dad and his fab wife Duffo. Ava has Down Syndrome and was made predominantly from Hicks sausage meat topped off with huge smiley eyes. This blog was started August 20th 2008 and so I am going to to retrospectively piece together events to date (much like Columbo)