Coffee Reflections: Society and Syndrome

Talk - Down Syndrome

I read a lot. At work, at home, for work, for pleasure…all the time. One of my favorite times of the week iscoffee Saturday morning. Morning coffee in hand I check Facebook, read new updates on the blogs I follow, and relax.

I really enjoy reading blogs on how events changed someone’s perspective on life and what it means to be human. Our children, unlike us, don’t know that some of the differences they experience are attributed to something in their genetic or neurobiological make-up. They are children. Whole and beautiful.

As children grow they begin to ask about differences. Comparisons happen. They just do. Our attitude before questions arise shapes their view of others.

I was present when Dr. Alison Downes, a fellow in Developmental Pediatrics, was asked by a sibling of a little one with DS if the large scar from their sibling’s heart surgery would ever disappear. Dr…

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