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

Finding Your Way

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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!

Navigating Daily Life

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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

Christmas

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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

Finding Your Way

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Catherine Takes on The Big Apple 2.0! (Roosevelt Island Style)

This was Catherine’s second trip to The Big Apple. Just two years earlier, we took to the streets of New York with a rush of excitement to explore new sights and take in fun events. This second trip was very different. We went to help her sister, Christina, settle into her new home. Our journey […]

Catherine Takes on The Big Apple! (Roosevelt Island Style)

Navigating Daily Life

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Preparing Your Child for Their Older Sibling Leaving Home

The last 18 months have been challenging, to say the least. My family has been hunkered down in quarantine, with Merle and I working from home, Catherine virtually learning and Christina working her NYC-based job remotely, as well. We had a full house and with COVID-19 essentially shutting down most outside activities, Catherine and her […]

Preparing Your Child for Their Older Sibling Leaving Home

Back to School

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Transition to Back To School

We are in the heat of summer and the fall 2021 school year is only a few weeks away. With the unique experiences our students encountered over the last year and half, it’s never too early to prepare for the coming year. This is especially true when we consider the traumatic educational challenges our children […]

Transition to Back To School

Back to School

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Create Print Rich Environments to Explore Vocabulary

Reading is an essential part of every child’s education. We know letter recognition leads to phonemic awareness and develops a robust vocabulary. We’ve found an exciting way to expand Catherine’s vocabulary by creating “Print Rich Environments.” Take look a look at these easy steps: Select a room in your home, restaurant, grocery store or special […]

Create Print Rich Environments to Explore Vocabulary

Resources and Guides

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