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Handicapped Accessibility

DIY Handicapped Accessibility

One lesson we have learned in caring for our child is that nothing, absolutely nothing, should limit his ability to live the best possible version of his life.

Jamie Sumner
covid-19 pandemic

We Are All In this Together: Continuing to Survive the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has been ongoing and is slowly (or maybe not so slowly) wearing us all down...

Dr. Liz Matheis

Not Sure How You’re Feeling? Let the Feelings Wheel Help

I first encountered the Feelings Wheel in therapy. I had just told my therapist how shocking it was...

Jamie Sumner
summer 2021

5 Things to Consider Before Making Summer Camp Plans for 2021

Summer 2021 also remains unpredictable. But if you do your research, you can approach the gap between school years and child care with knowledge, if not a concrete plan.

Jamie Sumner

Understanding Your Child’s Pandemic Behavior

Our children are feeling as overwhelmed as we are. This pandemic has created a sedentary lifestyle with little down time...

Dr. Liz Matheis
Differently-Abled Bodies

Fashion is Finally Making Differently-Abled Bodies a Priority

There aren’t that many choices for differently-abled bodies if you want to look both comfortable and nice. The fashion world assumes...

Jamie Sumner
Pandemic Fatigue

Diagnosis: Pandemic Fatigue

We are all feeling the effects of this pandemic as we are nearing the one-year mark. We are all in this together.

Dr. Liz Matheis
bucket list

Here’s Why You Need a Sensory Bucket List

Sight, smell, sound, taste, touch...Go on each other’s sensory bucket list adventures and experience a little of their joy as you share yours.

Jamie Sumner

Supporting Our Son’s Grief Didn’t Look Like We Expected

As it turns out, our son is not so unusual. Often, people with Down syndrome experience grief differently than we expect, notably a delayed reaction to the news of a death is common.

Alethea Mshar
pandemic parenting

Continued Pandemic Parenting

The beginning of the new year usually brings hope, resolutions and plans. This January 2021, the new...

Dr. Liz Matheis