Nathan is Hebrew and means "gift from God" - we couldn't have been more blessed than to have been chosen as his parents!

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

15 Month Check-Up

Nathan had his 15 month check-up yesterday and he is doing great! We found out that his thyroid is fine and his blood cell make-up and his lead test were also both negative.

He had his chicken pox vaccine - we delayed his other vaccination until 24 months. Nathan is in the 25th percentile for height and weight, which is fabulous because he was in the 3rd to 5th when he was born ~ that's progress! For those of you that have children with Down syndrome, you know there is another chart that whereby doctors use to chart growth the growth of your baby compared to the Down syndrome population. On that chart Nathan is ranking in the 75th to 90th percentile for both height and weight! I'd say no matter the irrelevant chart you compare him on ~ he's doing awesome!!!


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

A Few More Easter Pictures

Nathan's Great Aunt Sandy brought this bunny over last week ~ we just love Easter! Here is a few more of Nathan's Easter portrait pictures.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Dr. Lou Brown of Indiana University

As I sat listening, at the Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center's annual conference this weekend "Follow the Yellow Brick Road...Beyond Our Wildest Dreams" to the second keynote speaker, nationally recognized education specialist Dr. Lou Brown - all I could think of was what a brilliant and insightful man that reminds me of Rodney Dangerfield!!! What a treat!

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to stay for the entire conference and probably will never get this opportunity again, I did do a little research and found some of Dr. Brown's podcasts. If you have a child or loved one with Down syndrome or ANY disability you need to spend a little time with Dr. Brown. If you follow the link in this title you'll come to the main page of the education forum, where he is a faculty member. The below link will take you directly to the following brief podcasts:

Episode 1---Slab Class
This story explores the history of clustering students with disabilities based on irrelevant dimensions. Environments for all students should be rich, stimulating, colorful and varied.

Episode 2 -- Integrated Recess
This story explores making accommodations in non-classroom environments. The longer a student is taught in a segregated setting, the harder it is to learn how to function in integrated society.

Dr. Lou Brown also has a video series ~ Unplugged. As you'll note from the website, it's expensive but I would gather you could get it at a local library or Down syndrome organization. The DSAHRC has it and we will be watching it. You should too! Dr. Brown left me wanting more information and his ability to tell a story can make hours seem like minutes.