Doubly Blessed, Twice Chosen

“Sometimes, someone comes into your life expectantly, takes your heart by surprise and changes your life forever”.  In honor of Down Syndrome Awareness month, we are featuring a remarkable mom of four teenage daughters. Gayle embodies this quote as she shares her story on Beyond the Waiting Room of being blessed twice with daughters with […]

Finding Your Way

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Words Have Power

Welcome to Down Syndrome Awareness Month. This is a wonderful time for us to celebrate individuals who share a unique diagnosis. We rejoice in making the greater population aware of the fulfilling lives of our family members in the Down syndrome community. We also strive to make you aware of encounters that are not so […]

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Navigating Daily Life

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Virtual Therapy Tips from a Therapist

Catherine has taken occupational, speech or physical therapy since she was 3 months old. Therapy sessions have helped her blossom and overcome many challenges. With the onset of COVID-19, safe practices and social distancing supported the need to shift to virtual therapy sessions. Over the past few months, many of you have asked about Catherine’s […]

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Back to School

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Tips To Get You Ready for Your Next Virtual Doctor’s Visit

Telemedicine is a growing trend and many of us opt for this type of care. This is especially true in the midst of COVID-19. Every member of our family has had a virtual appointment with a health professional in the past year. If you are considering telemedicine, here are a few steps to help you […]

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COVID-19 Frontline

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Tips from a Veteran Homeschool Educator on Virtual Learning

School is back in session and many of us are starting the year with virtual learning. As a parent, you’ve been called on to facilitate your child’s education in a distinctive manner. You may feel a bit uneasy and unsure about taking on this task. Beyond the Waiting Room connected with homeschool veteran, Lauree Iedema […]

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COVID-19 Frontline

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Celebrating 10 years of Giving Back as a Family

Our family celebrates 10 years of giving back to Braswell Child Development Center  http://www.braswellkids.com/ We have a long standing relationship with Braswell that dates back to Christina’s formative years where she spent summer camp at the center. Catherine later attended as a student in their early child development program. We started serving just one family and […]

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Back to School

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Virtual Camps, Part Two: Catherine’s Experience

Catherine’s virtual summer camp experience was a roaring success. The two week adventure, orchestrated through zoom, took her on a host of creative prospects that kept her intrigued to learn more. The interesting themes presented a unique backdrop to unlock educational material and have fun in a creative way. Take a peek at a few […]

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Resources and Guides

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Virtual Camps: 4 Essential Steps to Get a GRIP on Expectations During a Pandemic

Summer camps are a fundamental tradition in the lives of our children. Youngsters look forward to fun opportunities to foster independence, learn new skills and reconnect with friends. With the COVID-19 pandemic, we have added safety concerns of wearing masks, taking temperatures, and social distancing. To minimize risks of contracting COVID-19, we opted for a virtual […]

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Resources and Guides

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A Chat with Dr. Melody Stampe, DDS on Visiting the Dentist During Coronavirus

Our COVID-19 frontline series continues as we chat with Dr. Melody Stampe, DDS, FAGD. I’ve been a patient at her practice, Cityline Dental Care for several years and have personally appreciated the high standard of dental care I’ve received from the entire staff. Many are asking if it’s safe to visit the dentist during a […]

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COVID-19 Frontline

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Gia Rodriguez pivots her luxury brand from selling handbags to face masks

In the second installment of our COVID-19 Frontline series, Gia Rodriguez shares with us how being a caregiver to her father sparked the idea for her company to pivot from selling luxurious leather goods to face masks. The Gia Rodriguez Collection sprang from Gia’s need for a versatile but attractive handbag to carry her laptop […]

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COVID-19 Frontline

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