Health and Wellness

What are Some Great Calming Techniques?

Needing physical input is something that some kids need more than others.  We are finding out more and more that it is a key part of keeping Elijah focused and calm.  Sometimes he just needs a “squeeze” (big bear hug), and other times he needs to roll over the fitness ball or use the weighted blanket.  After talking with his…

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Education

So Many Ways to Learn How to Read…

Every child learns how to read differently, especially those who have Down Syndrome…at least that’s what we’re learning.  We originally focused on word recognition only and did not do a lot with phonics, but Elijah knew his letters so well and phonics seemed like the natural way to help him identify words.  We started introducing the sound of the first…

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Health and Wellness

Can music really make a difference?

Music makes everything better.  That’s what I’ve always felt anyway.  Music is always playing in our house, and it is truly amazing how it affects Payton and Elijah’s moods and lifts their spirits. I knew there were a lot of benefits music has on brain development, but to see it in action is nothing short of amazing.  When Elijah was…

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