A New Course: A Mother’s Journey Navigating Down Syndrome and Autism
A mother's story navigating the unchartered waters of a dual Down Syndrome-Autism diagnosis for her son.
When Teresa, a 33-year-old mother gave birth to her second child, she and her husband Al soon found out that their son was diagnosed with Down syndrome. This new course their lives took was not on the radar, with health complications leaving their son in NICU after his birth.
Teresa shares the story of this different course their lives would take, working with early intervention programs, therapists and doctors to help her son, Nick reach developmental milestones at a much slower pace than her first son, Hank who is just 19 months older. With hard work and tenacity, Nick managed to meet those milestones in his own time.
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