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Lisa

I write about the beauty of raising a genetically-enhanced child - not many people can brag that they have an extra chromosome! Follow the journey of our first-born son, Sheridan, as we travel down a path different than the one we imagined, but a path far more incredible than we could have ever... Full Bio
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My Little Drummer Boy by Lisa Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I'm not going to lie... these are not Sheridan's best (most intense, non-stop, feverish) drumming moves. But you get a little flavor of it. And his singing. There's a bit of ... Read on »
Independence = Responsibility by Lisa Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome That's right. In this house, if you are a fiercely independent three-year-old boy, you get added responsibilities. Because that's just the way things work in life, right?! ... Read on »
(Seriously) Belated Birthday Post by Lisa Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Sheridan turned three nearly 3 months ago and I still don't have birthday pics up? Well, sticking true to form, I will bombard you now with a plethora of images that will (s ... Read on »
He looooooooves his letters (& numbers) by Lisa Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Sheridan has been interested in letters for a long time now, and one of his favorite toys is this alphabet puzzle Because he's doing so well on his letters (can rec ... Read on »
The Right Stuff by Lisa Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome A.K.A. Happy Halloween! Outta my way, Mommy. Sheridan couldn't wait to show off the class rabbit named Button when we went to his schoo ... Read on »
Apraxia Update II by Lisa Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome My last update on Apraxia and Sheridan's speech therapy included a video taken six months ago. I decided it was time to do an updated video now that Sheridan is working on m ... Read on »
Overdue Apraxia Update by Lisa Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome As you'll recall, Sheridan was diagnosed over a year ago with Apraxia of Speech , and I wrote a post about the criteria for Apraxia back then, as well. Since then, I've seen ... Read on »
First IEP Tomorrow Morning by Lisa Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Although I have a LOT to share... this is the most important item for now. Enjoy. Read on »
Because PT is Soooooo Fun at This Age... by Lisa Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I just had to post a couple quick videos of Sheridan. Here he is working on his climbing (he's doing the climbing, his PT is making sure his feet stay on the shallow ledg ... Read on »
Where Can You Turn? (Part I) by Lisa Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome One of the comments/questions I get frequently centers around where to find help with Early Intervention (EI) or school district issues. Especially if parents have first tri ... Read on »
So here's the thing... by Lisa Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I'm just gonna lay it all out there... but first grab a stiff drink, or some wine. This post turned out a bit lengthy :) We declined the assessments by the school psychol ... Read on »
Speaking of Lucky... by Lisa Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Yes, I'm lucky to have my Sisters here in the Sacramento area, but I'm just as fortunate to have so many people I consider friends IRL (In Real Life) that I met through blog ... Read on »
The First School District Report is In by Lisa Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I just received Sheridan's first written assessment report from the school district: the pre-academic and academic skills assessment (I provide more detailed info below for ... Read on »
Colors, Signing, & Singing by Lisa Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Few people get the chance to really see Sheridan sign or hear him talk/sing... here's your chance for a little peek :) The first 17 times he did this (yes, this is his fa ... Read on »
What's My Name? by Lisa Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome For the past few months Sheridan could approximate the syllables of his name with some prompting. This morning, he climbed up on our bed (his daily ritual to help wake up hi ... Read on »
Lucky In Love by Lisa Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I am so fortunate to have The Sisterhood... a local group of (more than 40!) "Sisters" who all have a young child with Ds. It's an amazing group of women - we laugh together ... Read on »
Wordless Wednesday by Lisa Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Sheridan loves his PT :) Read on »
Already?! What Would You Do? by Lisa Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Ok, one of the biggest concerns I had when I learned Sheridan's diagnosis was: How will others treat him? I mean, let's face it. Everyone (well, maybe not everyone, but m ... Read on »
Sisterhood Babes by Lisa Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I've been MIA from blogging due to a hectic teaching quarter, but I'm back now :)  I have lots of updates, but this is the most gorgeous of all... Local photographers Sha ... Read on »
Oral Motor Eval with SRJ by Lisa Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome We were fortunate enough to have Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson in Sacramento doing an oral motor clinic, and we scheduled an eval for Sheridan. This video only shows the first two ... Read on »