Not only is their blog incredibly helpful, it is also supremely organized. They have a running list of all the topics they have blogged about and I could spend day and night just reading their posts and thinking about how to integrate their ideas into our daily lives.
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I found their blog by accident when I was researching speech, language and reading topics for working with Joey. For so many of us who have children with Down syndrome, speech is a very key element. I believe that if I can help Joey be able to speak it will greatly improve his entire life. Part of speaking is hearing. Many children with Down syndrome have incredibly small ear canals. I mean like super, incredibly small. Right now, Joey has some hearing loss and we are looking into ear tubes and into having his ears drained of the fluid that is in them, but at this point the ear doctor thinks his ears may even be too small for the tubes to be put in. Honestly, I can't wait for him to get tubes because my hope is that they will not only improve his hearing and speaking, but they may also help improve his balance, which could eventually (fingers crossed) lead to helping him get up on all fours and then learn to crawl and then eventually walk.
Below is just a sample of one of the many, many awesome blog posts that Bill and Ria share. I don't know how else to say it, but these folks are VARSITY!!! I mean, VARSITY, people! They have got it going on and I stalk their blog to learn as much as possible.
For all of their amazing work and for the time they take to share it with all of us parents who have children with Down syndrome who benefit from their hard work, I thank Bill and Ria. Thank you for your time, your creativity, your passion, your dedication and all the energy you spend on your phenomenal projects.