As a parent of a child diagnosed with Down syndrome, you may be feeling unsure of what to do next or where your child's journey will take you. In this book, authors Jen Jacob and Mardra Sikora share their experiences and guide you through life with Ds with expert advice from diagnosis to adulthood. Each page teaches you ways to support your child through major milestones; nurture their development; and ensure that they succeed behaviorally, socially, and cognitively. You'll also find valuable information on:
Sharing the news with loved ones
Transitioning into primary school
Developing your child's social skills
Discussing future opportunities, including employment and housing options
With The Parent's Guide to Down Syndrome, you will have the tools you need to raise a happy, healthy, and thriving child.
Jen Jacob is the cofounder and vice president of the Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network. As a part of her role, she creates, moderates, and manages small online groups for more than 2000 new and expectant parents. Jen is the author and a contributor for Unexpected: Stories of a Down Syndrome Diagnosis, available globally. She lives in Iowa with her husband and four children; her youngest son, Owen, has Down syndrome.
By day Mardra Sikora balances a patchwork of community, advocacy, work, and family. She believes in the power of words and writes both fiction and nonfiction to advocate for and with her adult son Marcus. You can find her and Marcus on the blog Grown Ups and Downs; Facebook; Twitter; as well as on various blog networks, including The Huffington Post.