Mom of Six Promotes Diversity and Representation for Her Son

If you’re a regular visitor to Beyond The Waiting Room, then you know that October is a very special month for the Flakes family. We support and celebrate Catherine all year-round, but Down Syndrome Awareness Month gives the Down syndrome community a chance to take it to the next level. This month is all about […]

Mom of Six Promotes Diversity and Representation for Her Son

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6 Fun Family Fall Activities

There is a crisp in the air and the signs of fall are all around us. Leaves change colors, the temperature drops, and we’re finally in sweater weather. There is so much fun out there. We want to share a few of Catherine’s fun activities to consider for this fall season. Lillian 1. Carve or […]

6 Fun Family Fall Activities

Resources and Guides

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Gear Up for the New School Year – Tips for Backpack Safety

It’s fall and our kiddos are fully engaged in the new school year. Every school year begins with a new set of kicks, school supplies and clothing. Catherine added a new backpack to her list! On her recent visit to grandparents this summer, we visited the local Vera Bradley shop where she found a bright, […]

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National Suicide Prevention Week 2022

Suicide Prevention Week occurs in September and Catherine’s school focused on expanding the awareness of this dreadful experience for many families. One day focused on Construction with a theme to “work together to build up our mental health.”  According to the Mayo Clinic, “Many teens who attempt or die by suicide have a mental health […]

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A Chat with John’s Crazy Socks on World Down Syndrome Day

Did you know that March 21 was chosen for World Down Syndrome Day because 3/21 symbolizes the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome? My family and I are inspired by Catherine on a daily basis, but having a day with global awareness that honors her and her Down syndrome peers is extremely important. This year […]

A Chat With John’s Crazy Socks On World Down Syndrome Day

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HALT: 4 Areas of Focus for Caregivers

This past weekend marked the beginning of Spring. It’s a time of change, growth and new beginnings. I personally love turning over to not just a new season, but a new month and week. My most favorite is turning over to a new day. This gives an incremental opportunity to renew my mind and face […]

Lillian Flakes

Supporting Caregivers

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Catherine is Sweet Sixteen!

Catherine is Sweet Sixteen! She celebrated this milestone with friends both old and new at the Dallas Mavericks game. She has become quite the Mavericks fan and we celebrated by cheering on the home team. Friends gathered to start the celebration. Her name appeared on the jumbo Tron in recognition of her celebration. There was […]

Catherine is Sweet Sixteen!

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The Holiday Bucket List Continues!

We’re still celebrating and want to share a few more excursions from our family bucket list. Catherine is embracing the season. Take a look at a few more of her exciting outings:  Paint a Christmas Memory Catherine visited the Elf Workshop at the Christmas Craft Studio in a nearby town. She painted a Christmas tree […]

The Holiday Bucket List Continues!

Christmas

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Holiday Bucket List: Our Favorite Activities & Festive Things to Do

Happy Merry Christmas! It’s my most favorite time of the year for celebrations. It’s been a very long year and many of us are feeling frazzled and looking forward to the holiday season for a welcomed break. If you’re looking for fun activities, create a family bucket list of fun events to enjoy. Here are […]

Holiday Bucket List: Our Favorite Activities & Festive Things to Do

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Hope with Summer Reign

 “If there is hope in the future, there is literally power in the present.” Zig Ziglar In honor of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, Beyond the Waiting Room is featuring an incredible mom of four children. Clarice exemplifies hope as she cares for her growing family and manages the care of her fourth child, Summer Reign, […]

Hope with Summer Reign

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