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I just finished reading Down Syndrome Parenting 101 and loved it! Thank you, Natalie Hale, for giving parents straight-forward, sensible, honest, and humorous advice. --Dr. Brian Skotko, Medical Geneticist, Down Syndrome Program, Children's Hospital Boston

*An essential book with indispensable advice for parents and teachers of kids with Down syndrome or any other mental disability. Highly recommended. --Library Journal Xpress Reviews (*starred review), January 27, 2012

*An essential book with indispensable advice for parents and teachers of kids with Down syndrome or any other mental disability. Highly recommended. --Library Journal Xpress Reviews (*starred review), January 27, 2012

Weaving in personal experience and other people's stories, Hale offers advice on everything from motivating kids to do chores to teaching bus skills. Best of all, Hale's writing is warm, engaging and entertaining. Read it when you need a boost, a dose of optimism and advice from a wise friend. --Amy Baskin, Special-Needs-Parenting blog at TodaysParent.com

Weaving in personal experience and other people's stories, Hale offers advice on everything from motivating kids to do chores to teaching bus skills. Best of all, Hale's writing is warm, engaging and entertaining. Read it when you need a boost, a dose of optimism and advice from a wise friend. --Amy Baskin, Special-Needs-Parenting blog at TodaysParent.com

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Down Syndrome Parenting 101 is a savvy and inspirational guide for parents, grandparents, and anyone who shares life with a person with Down syndrome! It's full of uplifting advice and best practices gleaned from Hale's personal and professional experiences raising a son, now an adult, and 20 years spent tutoring children, teens, and adults with Down syndrome.

Down Syndrome Parenting 101 offers realistic wisdom and support concerning a host of important issues that parents may confront during their child's lifespan. Equal parts mentor, humorist, and cheerleader, the author takes readers by the hand and walks them through various life stages, hallmark experiences, and introduces them to the people they?ll encounter. She discusses everything from recognizing and celebrating your child's personality and gifts, finding a great teachers and therapists, interacting with medical professionals, to learning how to encourage discipline (insisting on chores, for example) and independence, dealing with school issues, and acknowledging your child as an adult.

Dozens of lively and amusing anecdotes feature an array of entertaining characters -- the author's students, her son and his friends ? helping to underscore the authors? invaluable observations and guidance. Chapters are short so busy parents can read them individually or sequentially. And, an added bonus is the foreword by Martha Beck, parent of a child with Down syndrome and author of the New York Times bestseller, Expecting Adam. This upbeat book is the one to turn to when you need validation and perspective.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Woodbine House (November 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160613020X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606130209
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Munson on January 12, 2012
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I LOVE THIS BOOK!!

When our precious daughter was born and diagnosed with Down syndrome (Ds) almost a year ago, I began to read as much as I could to be the best mommy I could possibly be for her. I read books introducing us to the world of raising a child with Ds (ouch). I read books about physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and fine motor therapy, for infants with Ds (phew). I researched Trisomy 21 more than anything I've ever researched, and that's saying a lot coming from a graduate student in the social sciences!

When I needed breaks from the hard facts and "how-to" resources, my heart turned to numerous biographies of mothers from their first years with their children born with Ds. I cried with them and celebrated their milestones vicariously. I loved every word they wrote, and still do, but found myself wondering if - when so many of the authors wrote eloquently about persistent concerns, worries, and emotional stress: were my husband and I fooling ourselves when we celebrated the miracle of our little girl when she was born?

Like a warm hug, this book made me feel at home. Natalie writes not just to inform, but to enthusiastically guide new parents into the extraordinary worlds of our amazing children. It promotes precisely the sort of celebration I feel every day. We are so incredibly blessed to be this wonderful little person's parents I desperately needed to see someone reflect that experience in the literature. This book was it in spades!!

Everyone grieves after the diagnosis, mostly for the life we thought our child would have, but also out of fear of the unknown. Sometimes it takes a long time to let go of the sadness and fear, sometimes it doesn't.
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Okay, I am a 12 year old boy who has a brother with Down Syndrome. He is 10, and I think that he doesn't know that he has Down Syndrome. Anyways, after he was diagnosed, my mother bought me this book, and it made me realize that although he might be bullied, he is a great person.
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My lovely daughter Lilya (who has Down Syndrome) is now 5 years old. From day one I read many many books that were available concerning Down Syndrome. Many were good, but this book is a GEM. It is grounding, uplifting, funny, serious and SMART! It reminds us about the essentials of life - to recognize and to remember to appreciate the gifts life give us.
I heartily (no pun intended!) recommend this book to new and seasoned parents of children with Down Syndrome. It is uplifting and encouraging to new parents and puts the seasoned parents (with busy life schedules) "back on track" to what life is about.
And BRAVO to Ms. Hale for making writing seem so easy!
And - just for the record - I found this book on Amazon and was reluctant to buy it as I've read so many already... but so glad I got it! Thank you Ms. Hale! Warm regards to you and your family!
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This is, by far, the best, most helpful book I have read on Down syndrome. And I've read a fair number. I originally found this book at the library and before I was finished reading it, I purchased a copy for my family and one for my daughter's school.

I've always known that my daughter, Mia, (7) is special beyond the ways in which people with Down syndrome are referred to as "special." Natalie Hale does an outstanding job articulating this specialness and the stories she shares in this book are absolutely priceless.

The other thing I've always known about my daughter is that she's smart and I have always felt that somebody somewhere would be able to help us tap into her innate intelligence. I feel sure Natalie is onto something with her approach to reading and I'm very excited to try it with Mia.

There's no question in my mind that people with Down syndrome have a great deal to teach those of us whose lives they touch. Down Syndrome Parenting 101 enriched my perspective on these lessons and gifts in a profound way. This book is a treasure. I'm grateful to have found it.
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My daughter is 29, and I purchased this book because we've been experiencing our first, quasi-consistent battle-of-wills over going to bed in the evening. This turn of events been difficult, even heart-breaking for me because Jess and I have had a healthy respect for each other for nearly 3 decades. I didn't know what to do, so I resorted to this book, with honestly, little hope for an answer. I haven't even gotten to the chapter on non-compliance yet, but I can tell you, I already feel so comforted, so affirmed and so not-alone as the single-working-mother I've been for most of her life.

Natalie's book will make you laugh out loud (a lot), touch your heart (even more) and gently open a pathway for even deeper connection with the exquisitely beautiful being that was the inspiration for you to be reading this book in the first place.

Buy this book! You won't be disappointed, I promise. It is rich with resources and love and support - no matter how old or young your loved one with Down Syndrome is.
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Down Syndrome Parenting 101 is the book I've been waiting for for the past 7 years. Natalie Hale takes the reality of raising a child with Down syndrome - and all the joy and challenges it presents - and offers sound, tested advice on how to make changes, all for the better, for your family. And she does it all in simple language with a much-needed, hearty dose of humor (which we ALL need). I love her views on the "auras" of our children, and how as much as we teach them, they are teachers of us and everyone in their lives. After discarding all other parenting books I owned (because they didn't mean much for a child with Down syndrome), this is one I will go back to again and again, for the sage advice, and for a good laugh.
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