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Lisa Patient Expert

I am the mother of six children, the youngest of whom has Down syndrome. My blog chronicles our family's experience having a baby with Down syndrome from the day of his birth to the present day.
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Adoption Fundraiser by Lisa Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Sandra of DS New Mama , mama extraordinaire of a handful of kiddos, including the beautiful Summer Rain, is in the process of adopting not one, but TWO gorgeous little chro ... Read on »
All in due time . . . by Lisa Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Check him out: This is the first time Finn has ever walked with his push toy, and he did it completely spontaneously, all on his own. I've ... Read on »
On my mind by Lisa Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome In a few short hours (about four, more specifically), my baby will turn two. His birthday has obviously been approaching for weeks, and I've been just fine and dan ... Read on »
Speech Therapy and musings by Lisa Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I got a call from our service coordinator Friday morning. She informed me that she "took my concerns to the management team and they've decided to make an exceptio ... Read on »
Read This Book. by Lisa Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal by Jonathan Mooney I recently read this book and it made quite an impression on me. In a nutshell, it's a ... Read on »
Screwed by Lisa Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I got the call this morning from our service coordinator, the one I've been waiting for regarding the speech eval Finn underwent last week. I was informed that, yes, Fin ... Read on »
Speech Eval by Lisa Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome We finally had our speech eval this morning. We originally had it scheduled for last week, but Finn got sick so we had to put it off. Anyway, I liked the ... Read on »
Can someone enlighten me about orthotics? by Lisa Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Seems like orthotics are the hot thing in toddlers with Ds. I'm torn. How do I know if Finn needs orthotics? Keep in mind that he does NOT have a physical therap ... Read on »
Save Your Pity by Lisa Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome It's up and running!! As it turns out, the school project was to create a website. However, the students did not actually publish their websites to the we ... Read on »
Domestic Adoption by Lisa Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome In the Down syndrome blogging community, international adoption of babies and children with Down syndrome is a well-known reality. Did you know, however, that ther ... Read on »
Perspective by Lisa Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome There is a family in our neighborhood who have been faced with a devastating tragedy. Last year, their 4 year-old son was playing outside in the yard and somehow g ... Read on »
Speech!! by Lisa Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I've written before about my frustration with Finn still not receiving speech therapy . Well, that may finally be about to change (finally!). Emily, our ... Read on »
There's a New Superhero in Town, and His Name is Kevin. by Lisa Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome There was an incident at school today. Here, Kevin, age 13, recounts it in his own words: So today I came out of my first period class (language arts), and ... Read on »
Baby Steps by Lisa Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome One of the most trying challenges we've faced with Finn is feeding. It has been a long, slow road getting this boy to eat anything other than purees. But look at ... Read on »
Everything in its own time by Lisa Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Take a look at this: This is a first for Finn. It happened tonight and I was there to see it! He's been proficiently cruising - stepping sideways - a ... Read on »
Smarty Pants by Lisa Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Here's a little snippet from OT yesterday: Emily had Finn playing with shaving cream on a mirror. He was quite enthralled by it (I think es ... Read on »
Request by Lisa Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome My oldest son, Kevin, whom you might remember from The R-Word Speech fame, is working on a school project for which he has to create a website. He has chosen to cr ... Read on »
Mama by Lisa Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I remember reading some interview with Sarah Palin a while back, in which she was talking about her son, Trig. At the time, Trig was approaching his second birthda ... Read on »