Down Syndrome Parenting 101: Must-Have Advice for Making Your Life Easier

by Natalie Hale
foreword by Martha Beck

Winner of Best Special Needs Parenting Book 2012, Reader's Choice Award.


"Down Syndrome Parenting 101 will be cheered by parents, grandparents, siblings, teachers—anyone who has a person with Down syndrome in their lives—for delivering inspirational advice, nuggets of wisdom, and plenty of laughs. Throughout, author Natalie Hale draws upon her personal experience raising a son, now an adult, coupled with 20 years of experience teaching individuals with Down syndrome."

Down Syndrome Parenting 101 offers inspired takes on a host of important issues, from learning to recognize and celebrate your child's personality and gifts to finding a great teacher for him, and from insisting your child pull his own weight to giving your child his space as an adult. The author--equal parts mentor, humorist, enthusiast, and realist--takes readers by the hand and walks them through the various life stages, experiences, and people they will encounter with their child including: getting to know and fall in love with your child, interacting with medical professionals, literacy, discipline, school, transitioning, and independence.

Chapters are short, a plus for busy parents, and can be read individually or sequentially. Throughout, many characters--the author's son, friends, and students--appear, serving as anecdotal evidence in support of the author's points and adding to the storytelling effect. As an added bonus, the book includes a Foreword by Martha Beck, parent of a child with Down syndrome and author of the New York Times bestseller, Expecting Adam. Turn to this upbeat book for credible, realistic advice and for a dose of bibliotherapy when you need validation and perspective.