Down Syndrome

What a Father Holds

What a Father Holds

My husband has held many things together for our family. Most of what my husband does for our family isn’t the typical experience. There’s no greeting card that summarizes his journey as a father or recognizes the care he provides. It’s been different than most, but it’s been good.

My Son’s Autism Revealed Where I Had Really Placed My Faith

My Son’s Autism Revealed Where I Had Really Placed My Faith

This idea of rewards and punishments isn’t the gospel—it’s the prosperity gospel. And as a special-needs parent, I have found myself especially vulnerable to its influence in my life. 

How to Develop Prayer in Children with Little Speech

How to Develop Prayer in Children with Little Speech

I had an ambition to teach my daughter to pray even though her spoken vocabulary was limited to a few words. I broke down the act of prayer, employed some well-known speech therapy techniques, and began helping her develop her own prayer life. Like many other skills we have worked on in the past, this took time and repetition, but my daughter learned to pray.

Celebrating My Sister's Life on World Down Syndrome Day

Celebrating My Sister's Life on World Down Syndrome Day

Thursday, March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day (celebrated then because people with Down syndrome have a 3rd copy of their 21st chromosome, Trisomy 21). I hope the voices of those of us who know and love people with Down syndrome will speak loud and clear about the blessings they bring to our lives, not because of what they can or can’t do, but simply because of who they are—created in the image of God.