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


by Natalie Hale
foreword by Martha Beck

"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.