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

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Summer Gardening Fun for Kids

It’s summer and our kiddos are home for another short break. Once we’ve exhausted summer camps, swimming lessons, vacation bible school and family vacation, we still have time left on the calendar to fill up with activities. If you’re looking for an educational project that’s proven to be tons of fun, consider planting a garden […]

Summer Gardening Fun for Kids

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5 Tips for Selecting a Home Care Agency

Providing care for a loved one is a huge responsibility. As our loved ones age or circumstances warrant, it may be increasingly important to invest wisely in supplementary care. It is even more daunting when you have to consider a home care agency.   When preparing to make the decision to hire someone to care for […]

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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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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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Jen Blackwell – Dancing To Make A Difference

Beyond the Waiting Room has gone global! In honor of World Down Syndrome Day on March 21, we’re showcasing three lovely ladies from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and the United States.  Jen Blackwell is the founder and Creative Director of DanceSyndrome, an inclusive dance charity based in the United Kingdom. Jen’s dream of becoming […]

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Heather Villagomez, functional math and social skills Teacher At Notre Dame School

Hi, I’m Heather Villagomez. I have taught functional math and social skills at Notre Dame School of Dallas for 3 years. I have a dual bachelors degree in Elementary Education and Cross Categorical Special Education from Northern Arizona University. I am originally from Arizona. There I have taught at a public Junior High School in […]

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Kelly Kile, Intermediate Reading Teacher at Notre Dame School

I’m very excited to share my conversation with Kelly Kile, Intermediate Reading Teacher at Notre Dame School here in Dallas, Texas. Catherine has been in Kelly’s home room for the past three years and she’s played such an integral part in Catherine’s growth. Because Kelly has walked this journey with her own daughter, I truly […]

A mother’s unique Down syndrome story.

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Megan Moyer, Intermediate Daily Living Skills Teacher at Notre Dame School

I’m very excited to share our next guest with the BTWR family. Megan Moyer is an Intermediate Daily Living Skills Teacher at Catherine’s school, Notre Dame here in Dallas, Texas. We truly love Notre Dame and it has made a huge difference in Catherine’s growth and independence. Read on for Megan’s perspective on teaching “Daily […]

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Master Shoe Tying – A Technique to Get You Going Faster

Shoe tying is one of those rites of passage that we’ve all brokered through in our early years and is one of those skills that all kids (and parents) still have to deal with at some time or another. For some kids, this ability doesn’t come easily. Individuals with low hypotonia (low muscle tone) find […]

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