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Jay Hill

NWA, Arkansas
My wife, who is a practicing Pediatrician and I, a licensed Physical Therapist Asst., are the parents of five children. Our youngest was born on July 29, 2008 with Down syndrome. Our blog is the story of our transition into a new world and the many positive benefits of loving a child with Down... Full Bio
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Raising Awareness by Jay Hill Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Many of you may have noticed a new button in the left frame of my blog. Last month, I was invited to share my blog with the readers of a community of health bloggers a ... Read on »
The Physical Therapy Factor by Jay Hill Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I wanted to write about how physical therapy was and still is used by us here at home and whether or not it has made a difference. I understand the discouragements that physic ... Read on »
The Physical Therapy Factor by Jay Hill Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I wanted to write about how physical therapy was and still is used by us here at home and whether or not it has made a difference. I understand the discouragements tha ... Read on »
The Happenings of John by Jay Hill Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome John continues to thrive and learn new things. He is a very happy little boy who really enjoys interacting with people most of the time. However, he is developing his ... Read on »
The Happenings of John by Jay Hill Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome John continues to thrive and learn new things. He is a very happy little boy who really enjoys interacting with people most of the time. However, he is developing hi ... Read on »
Goodbye Baby John...Hello Big Boy by Jay Hill Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome The other evening before the start of school, we had an evening of getting everything together - back packs, lunches, etc. One of the things that had to be done was haircuts f ... Read on »
Goodbye Baby John...Hello Big Boy by Jay Hill Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome The other evening before the start of school, we had an evening of getting everything together - back packs, lunches, etc. One of the things that had to be done was ha ... Read on »
Birthday Pics of John and an Update by Jay Hill Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome John had a great day on his birthday and we took lots of pictures. I thought that I would share them here. Also, I wanted to give an update on what we were doing. I have recen ... Read on »
Birthday Pics of John and an Update by Jay Hill Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome John had a great day on his birthday and we took lots of pictures. I thought that I would share them here. Also, I wanted to give an update on what we were ... Read on »
Differences and Similarities by Jay Hill Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Since John has Down syndrome and we have four other children who do not, I thought it would be helpful to share some of the differences and similarities of John with my other ... Read on »
Pictures of My John by Jay Hill Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome OK, I should know better than to make a post after a month away without it saying anything about John, but the previous story just hit me hard and I had some thoughts to get o ... Read on »
Abortion by Jay Hill Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome As I reflect back on the killing of one of the few abortionist who provided abortions in the third-trimester, I am reminded of just how far off-course mankind has come. To tak ... Read on »
All Things Come To An End by Jay Hill Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome When we first became aware of John's diagnosis, it was very difficult to make the transition from the world of no Ds to a world with Ds. The isolation that one feels, not to m ... Read on »
A Daddy's Boy! by Jay Hill Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome John's week begins with church on Sunday morning, and then again on Sunday evening. After the evening service, we have supper together as a church family. It is a great time o ... Read on »
Siblings by Jay Hill Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Siblings are a great form of therapy in and of themselves. They provide great interaction and entertainment. John is blessed to have 3 brothers and 1 sister that think he is j ... Read on »
Yo-Baby! by Jay Hill Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome About a couple of months ago when we were searching to increase Johns exposure to different foods, we started him on Yo-Baby yogurt for breakfast every morning. He loved it an ... Read on »
Pointers For Physical Therapy by Jay Hill Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome My last post brought in a few questions about my physical therapy time with John, so I thought that I would share a few principles that we use with John. Before I share those, ... Read on »
The Role of PT in the Special Needs Child by Jay Hill Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Working as a Physical Therapist Asst. for many years, I have learned that people give many reasons for not participating in therapy. Among the reasons given is that the patien ... Read on »
It's A Matter Of The Heart by Jay Hill Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Lately, there has been talk about our Presidents faux pas on the Leno show last week when he used the Special Olympics as the butt of a joke. It was very distasteful and uncal ... Read on »
An Update and a Word On Orthotics by Jay Hill Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome First, an update on John and then on to the answers to your questions. John continues to do well. We are working on sitting unassisted which he is now able to do this for a co ... Read on »