Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Living Art

Down Syndrome Awareness Month

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month and to help educate our tiny town about DS (and our son!), we put together a bulletin board for our local library. One definite advantage to living in a small town: Mr. T. is a local celebrity (he is the only person with DS in our town - there has been no other for 10 years)!
Here is the display:

The main sign says, "Meet Trevor! He was born in Petersburg and diagnosed with Down syndrome 4 days after he was born. He loves to play with trucks, dance, and be chased by his little brother. Since he is still learning to use words to communicate, he uses sign language to help him "talk." He enjoys reading books with his daddy and cooking (making a mess) with his mommy. Trevor is great at walking, swimming, singing, and especially making friends."

This sign says, "Thumbs up for Dr. Down! In 1866 Dr. John Down was the first person to identify what we now call Down (or Down's) syndrome.

This sign says, "What is Down Syndrome? It is a genetic condition that some people are born with. In most ways people with Down syndrome are just like you and me. However, they will often do things like walking, talking and reading later than typical children. Usually they need extra help learning to do those things. When they grow up, people with Down syndrome may have a job and live on their own. Just like you and me, they all need friends, fun, and a meaningful life.

Here we featured a Signing Time DVD (our library ordered the whole series!).

One other sign we posted said: "How do we talk about a people with Down syndrome? It is not pronounced “Downs” but rather “Down syndrome.”Sometimes it is referred to as “Down’s syndrome” in honor of Dr. John Down. In the same way we would not say a person who has high blood pressure is a "high blood pressure person,” you would not say “the Down syndrome person” or “the Down's baby”. Down syndrome is only a medical diagnosis for that person, not who the person is. The proper way to discuss a person with Down syndrome is “the person with Down syndrome”. Additionally, it is most respectful to speak about children who are not affected by Down syndrome or other disabilities as "typical" rather than "normal."

The books we featured are all available for checkout from our library: We'll Paint the Octoput Red, What's It Like? Down Syndome, The Best Worst Brother, and Don't Call Me Special.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

We are now an e-Playgroup!

Check out the new link off on the sidebar - it's to the new official website for our Petersburg Playgroup! You can see the entire year schedule, see pictures, and find recipes and information on the other fun activities that we're doing.

"Aunt" Dena visits from Hawaii!

Wonderful Dena Budinger was Mr. T's first Infant Learning Teacher and worked with him for his first year. Then she and her husband sadly got transferred to Hawaii. We miss her lots but she stays in close contact (via the blog, right, Kermit?) and makes sure that Mr. T is staying on track. She was even able to go to his first IEP meeting with us as she put it, "To make sure Mr. T gets the care he deserves!" We love "Aunt" Dena!

Making play-dough with O-boy. Once an Infant Learning Teacher, always an Infant Learning Teacher...

Being silly (I love O-boy in this photo.)


Enough hugs, okay!?!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Puff! Puff! Toot! Toot! Off we go!

Here's a "train" we made at storytime this week. The focus was obviously TRAINS.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Mr. T goes to preschool!

Bye Dad!

Sittin' in the cubbies

Circle time (Barb, Mr. T's aide is behind him)

Preschool is nothing but fun!

Monday, September 03, 2007

Ready to go!

Mr. T is off to his first day of preschool tomorrow! Here he is all dressed up to go outside a few days ago - he got his hat, the diaper bag, and put on dad's slippers. I guess that qualified him as "ready."

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Just another normal afternoon in Alaska

Yeseterday afternoon we had 4 bucks fighting out in our side yard. After we watched them for quite a while with the boys, I went and got the camera and made this video for the rest of you to watch. It just struck me how strange and amazing this would have been to us 4 year ago; to have deer fighting next to our car, in and around the boys' trucks...and now it's still amazing but also just normal! Enjoy...