I have a question- can adults with DS drive? I haven't ever seen it happen but then again I have never paid that much attention. If they are smart enough to be on the dean's list , surely they can learn to drive, no? Not sure if there are any legal rules for that or not...
Yes, I know several adults with Ds who drive... there was one girl at the Down syndrome convention in Anaheim back in 2005 who had a red convertible. She was very sassy... dressed very trendy, carried a designer purse and had her sunglasses and car keys with her at all times. I just wanted to follow her around and watch her the whole weekend... but that would have made me a stalker. LOL I know one of the girls who lives here in Middle TN has her license but she says she doesn't drive on the highway. I don't know if that is what she and her parents agreed on or if that's a restriction actually ON her license. She has a set route that she can drive... from her apartment to her job or to her parent's house, her sister's house, to get her hair done or to the grocery store. She doesn't ever drive alone to new places. She seems so responsible, her whole life is so interesting!
Hi! I have a question; why do so many people who have Down Syndrome have a bit of a speech impediment? My mom says because they have larger tongues, but I have read that the inside of their mouths are smaller... Could you clarify?
When Kennedy was born I too heard that people with Down syndrome have a harder time speaking because of a large tongue... then I read the small mouth theory instead. Kennedy's tongue is not fat at all, but it IS very long! She can even touch her nose with it! LOL We have had several people comment about how thin her tongue is over the years and tell us that would help her in the area of her speech. Her developmental ped agrees with the small mouth theory (making the tongue appear too large for their mouths) along with low muscle tone in the jaw which can make speech harder for them to learn and others to understand. I don't think Kennedy or Kellsey's mouths seem unusually small, but I guess we'll see as they grow.
Looks fun. Is Austin the same age as Kennedy? He looks so much bigger than her, but I know Kennedy is a peanut.
Yes, Austin is 2 days younger than Kennedy... but he's much taller than she is! I'm not sure how he compares in height to a typical 6 year old, but I would say he's pretty close!
So now that Kennedy is married off, do you get to find another beautiful boy with ds for Kellsey? Hehe. Double the blessings, double the arranged marriages!
Well, my next door neighbor happens to have a very handsome little guy with Ds... he's a few years older than Kellsey, but we figure by the time they're grown three years won't matter much! ;)
We were at the same State Fair! We went up Sunday and spent the day riding rides and looking at the booths. I remember the petting zoo. Our kids don't like touching those animals! LOL
What day did y'all go? Would have been cool if we had known you were there.
We were there on Sunday as well! :)
Great shots! I cannot get over the fact that you're still in summer dresses and I am up here in Boston in jeans and long sleeve shirts and jackets outside!
Yeah it was VERY warm there! I enjoyed every minute of it! We came back to a much cooler Clarksville! We're going back and forth between pants and shorts here. The weather can't make up its mind! LOL
How was the fair food? The fried snickers? Im from the South and we fry everything. My kids loved deep fried oreos.
LOVE fair food!!! I had the fried snickers and it was delicious!!! They also had a fried reese's peanut butter cup there. I almost wish I had tried that instead... or... too. HA!
Is Kennedy at 2:08 in the video ? There is a little girl on a ladies lap. It is just a split second shot...
Yep, that is her!! :) They showed her a lot in the actual movie! It was so neat!!!
2:07...isn't that Kennedy AND Kellsey in pink?
LOL! Nope, not Kellsey! That is Abby, one of the little girls in our local group. Her hair is a lot longer than Kellsey's. Everyone on the set kept asking if Kennedy and Abby were sisters though! :) Kellsey wasn't home yet when this movie was filmed, Frank was still in Ukraine with her.