Friday, December 31, 2010

Results!!

It's 10 minutes to 12...........so I will make this quick!  Landon had his chest x-ray this morning and he did such a GREAT job!!  Three pictures and he was done.......not even 10 minutes!!  An hour later we headed back to the pediatrician's office for the results.  One rash is already going away, the other is still around....hoping it will find its way out, tomorrow!!  Landon did a little better eating today,  not much, but enough to say that he is moving in the right direction.

Chest x-ray........................CLEAR!!!!  Yeah!  His congestion is fierce and he is definitely uncomfortable:( But he is getting better!  Thank you so much for all the well wishes............they worked!!  I'm so amazed at how strong his tiny little body is!  We feel very blessed!

It's New Year's Eve and we are spending it, together!  Went to dinner, First Night and back home for more dancing..........we can't get enough of Michael Jackson!!!  lol

Happy New Year, friends...........may it be a HEALTHY one!!!  Can't wait to see what 2011 has in store for us all!!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

My Poor Baby Boy

So, after a couple of weeks of on again/off again sickness between the 3 boys, this morning found Landon & I at the pediatrician's office.  Apparently, Landon's fever was down, but we discovered 2 different rashes on his body.  One rash was consistent with ruptured blood vessels from straining when he coughs (upper body), and the other was bright red spots that could possibly be a viral infection.  That one was scattered on his body, not specifically contained to one area.  His ears looked pink, no fluid, but he has been on "omnicef" for 7 days now, due to possible conjunctivitis and to keep him from catching strep throat from his brothers.  Considering he has been on this for 7 days, something else is fighting through it.  His throat looked good, but his cough is "evil".  Each day starts off with a coughing fit that leaves him gasping for air and eventually spitting up some phlegm.

A blood culture was done, and Landon CLEARLY was not happy, actually, he was pretty pissed off.  And he was sure to let everyone in the building know!  I can assure you, he is not happy "ALL" the time!  Add a bunch of ruptured blood vessels to his face, after that was done:(  Blood labs looked good (red down a tiny bit), nothing alarming, oxygen was perfect.  There seems to be a rattle in his chest, not exactly consistent with fluid in the lungs.  His little body seems to have multiple things going on which apparently is making it difficult to figure out what is going on.

The choice was: a) have all labs done at the pediatrician's office, and an antibiotic (in shot form) or b) have Landon admitted to the hospital for a battery of tests (pretty much what they did in the pedi's office, plus the antibiotic would be administered via IV).  We opted for plan "a" so as not to expose Landon to anything else, besides, I am sure the whole IV thing would not have been pretty.  Two hours later, no red flags, blood - ok, oxygen - ok, no labored breathing or gasping (unless he has a coughing fit).  So we are off to the hospital in the morning for a chest x-ray to rule out pneumonia and will go back to the pediatrician for a re-check.  Hopefully 5 days on "azithromycin", will have our baby boy back to his bubbly self!!

Landon managed to eat a yogurt tonight......and kept it down!  Still trying to keep the fluids going (he's not feeling that too much).  Keeping our fingers crossed that his chest x-ray will be fluid free!  Not exactly how we were anticipating starting off the new year!

Praying for a happy & healthy 2011!!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Under the Weather:(

This pretty much sums up how Landon has been feeling the past few days:(  Back to the pediatrician tomorrow!!  Fever and an awful cough..........fingers crossed that his lungs and ears are fluid free!!  He did manage to get down a handful of Cheerios today!!  It's been a rough 2 weeks...........**SIGH**



Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas 2010

I'm back, with pics, as promised!!  We kicked off our Christmas celebration on Saturday at Mason & Elijah's school "Holiday Celebration".  Short & sweet (an hour and a half) of donuts & milk, crafts and a visit from the big guy!!  The highlight of this celebration was when we actually left the party, hopped in our car and were ready to exit the school parking lot...........the principal ran outside and waved us down.......apparently, Elijah won the 8ft stocking raffle!!  Now is that a happy ending or what??!!





The festivities continued on Sunday with our local Down syndrome support group, 21FrienDS!  A fun time was had by all, even those that were feeling under the weather!  It was a great turnout!  Families who have come together because of our little Christmas "angels", TRUE GIFTS!!!  For entertainment, we sang & danced with our local, South Coast Music Together!!  What a treat:) Thanks Kim, for giving us another wonderful memory to add to our "memory box"!  And it wouldn't be a Christmas party without a special visit from the jolly guy himself, Santa Clause!






On Christmas Eve, the boys made some cookies & pumpkin bread for Santa (yes, Santa LOVES pumpkin bread)!!  This year, Landon was able to help his brothers out!!






Tradition is, Christmas Eve is spent with  my side of the family and Christmas dinner is spent with Scott's side of the family!  Two nights of great food and even better company!  This years "high low light" of Christmas Eve was Elijah running into the corner of the table and cutting his lip.  Not exactly the best way to end the evening:(


Seeing we avoided stitches & the emergency room, we headed home just in time to sprinkle some reindeer food on our lawn, attempt to take a semi-family picture and set the cookies, pumpkin bread & milk out for Santa!






Keeping the kiddos up late on the eve, really paid off on Christmas morning.  We all slept in, and when the kids awoke, they quietly watched TV (right beside the tree) and waited ever so patiently for Scott & I to meet them downstairs!  What a wonderful present for mommy & daddy!!  No wonder Santa was so good to them:)






And finally, the highlight of Christmas evening was Landon determined to join the fun (with Daddy & Mason dancing to the Michael Jackson Experience for the Wii).  If you missed our last post, you can watch the video here, it was tons of fun!!


(My boy can dance........watch out ladies!!!)

All in all, we had a fabulous Christmas!!  We did however have some glitches along the way.........like all 3 boys home from school Christmas week with fevers, strep throat for 2 out of 3 boys and the lost package (by UPS) that had mommy out for 3+ hours on Christmas Eve searching for the most popular toys that only Santa's elves could make!!  WINK!!!  

But in the end, when you are surrounded by family, friends and lots of love........NOTHING, could ruin Christmas!!  Hope yours was a MERRY one too!!!











Monday, December 27, 2010

Sneak Peek!

Happy Holidays, friends!!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones.  Ours was a "merry" one.  I am very short on time this evening as I am tending to my sick little love (yes, Landon's nasty fever is back).  I thought I might leave you with a sneak peek of one of the many highlights of our "holiday" week.  I promise to be back tomorrow to share some pics with all of you!

OK, confession, I have to post this video, quickly, before it mysteriously disappears........lol

Santa was very good to the boys...........can you guess which one was SERIOUSLY having the most fun??!!

(You may, must, want to pause the music @ the bottom of the page, you don't want to miss this:)


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(The Michael Jackson Experience, for the Wii)

Some may say, "Awww, what a sweet father & son moment/memory".........and some may be thinking (along with me), "Can someone please remind Scott that activities like this (at age 40 and over) are cause for SERIOUS back pain, the day after"!!  lol  

I guess you could say, both the young & young at heart, had an equally FUN time!!  






















Wednesday, December 22, 2010

DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE??!!

(well, besides a messy house that looks like a tornado hit it)






  YEAH!!  Landon has finally figured out a way to stand up without any support........well, maybe with a little bit of Elijah's encouragement!!  lol  It's funny how he has every opportunity to pull up on his toy, but he chooses to stand up and "stare" at it.  And, if he's lucky and, he will actually play with the toy, while standing!  He's working on it=)

(you can pause the music at the bottom of the page)
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Landon has been practicing standing for a while now.  He started off standing against the wall or couch and once he gained some confidence, he ventured to the middle of the floor and practiced falling backwards on his tooshie!!  Once he figured out that he could stand up, there was no stopping him!! 

*sigh*

These moments are the GREATEST gifts!!!!


Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas Party 2010

On Wednesday, Landon had his Christmas party at school.  And of course, that meant a visit from the BIG jolly guy himself!!  I was wondering how that was going to go, so I decided to stop by his school to see for myself........and to take a few pics, of course!!  Landon could not take his eyes off of the jolly guy as he entered the room.

He was even OK with him walking by him ( a few inches away) and even allowed Santa to speak to him from a distance.  For a moment there, I was pleasantly surprised that his first meeting was going so well.



UNTIL........he motioned closer to Landon to hand him his present.........he.was.not.having.it!!  lol   Landon did not shed a tear, however, he made it very clear to Santa that he did not appreciate him trying to invade his space.  He sat in the same spot, turned his head, and gave him his grunt of disapproval.  I have to admit, it was kind of CUTE=)


Upon realizing he was clearly vertically challenged in comparison to Santa, he turned to Lauren (his OT) for backup!!  lol


(HA! What ya gonna do now, BIG GUY??!!)

After opening his present playing with the tissue paper, it was craft time.  Landon sat in his seat and proceeded to teach his classmates a lesson in art  decorate his bag. lol  Clearly, he was having a good time=)



Just seeing my little peanut fully participating in all activities at school, was hands down the BEST present this mommy could ever ask for!!
Happy Holidays friends!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Feeding Update (1)

Wow, it's already been 4 1/2 weeks since we had our official "Feeding Intervention"!!  Last time, I reported our new "game plan" and we are continuing with it........just tweaking it as we go along. Oh yeah, and remember THIS post, when Landon conquered his 1st stage 3 meal.......he hasn't done it since (SURPRISE)!  LOL  That's OK, the most important thing about that isolated event is the fact that Landon CAN.DO.IT!!

Originally we were suppose to add 2 pediasure's to Landon's feeding schedule, and after a week of trying to fit those in, Landon's teacher's and I have decided that that is nearly IMPOSSIBLE!!  We have already battled reflux, and after 3 months of medication, I am happy to say.....Landon has been "spit up" free.  However, adding this much more fluid to his diet has slowly brought back the reflux, and that just isn't working for Landon (or me).  With much help from Landon's teachers we have played around with his eating schedule over the past couple of weeks to get the most into him without stirring up the reflux.  Small steps are the key!  Amazingly Landon has been taking his multi-vitamin, straight up!!  No masking it or hiding it in any food. We have now worked our way up to 3, six ounce, bottles a day.  Those bottles (yes, BOTTLES....remember, I was given strict orders NOT to STRESS Landon out, ha!) are a 1/2 & 1/2 mixture of whole milk and pediasure.  Landon was not very accepting of pediasure alone. I am happy to say that this seems to be Landon's "happy medium", and it is working.  Just 2 weeks ago I brought Landon to the pediatrician for an ear check (which was clear) due to a bacterial infection, and he weighed in at 19 pounds, 4 ounces........that is almost 1 pound in 4 weeks!!  WOOHOO!!  That is Landon's BIGGEST weight gain since birth!!!  20lbs........HERE.WE.COME!!!!  lol

We have been continuing to do our exercises with a palette of sweet/sour sauces (i.e. fudge, caramel, strawberry sauce, lemon juice, etc.) and we have been dipping his chew tube in the sauce and letting him explore the different tastes.  The object is to introduce Landon's palette to a variety of different flavors in hopes that he will be MORE willing to try new things.  By approaching it this way, we are allowing Landon to "control" the situation......stress free!!   For "homework", we started off having Landon watch Mason & Elijah use the chew tubes (without giving him a turn).  I know, sounds cruel!!!  If he saw how much fun his brothers were having using these tubes then maybe he would willingly do it on his own.  Once he showed interest in the tubes, we would then give him one and have him copy us dipping it in a sauce and putting it in his mouth.  SUCCESS!!

Each session always begins with a palette of flavors!  The past 2 weeks Landon's feeding specialist (Ms. Chris) would follow the palette with different types of crunchy foods (Kix cereal, graham crackers, veggie sticks, cheese curls and Ritz crackers).  I am actually quite impressed with how much easier Landon will transition between the two...........and how accepting he is!  Ms. Chris approaches each session very playfully (taking turns) and Landon really seems to enjoy this!  Of all the crunchy foods that Landon has been experimenting with, the one that I find he does very well with is the Ritz cracker.  When Landon takes a bite of the cracker it breaks immediately into a bunch of pieces.  His first reaction is to push the "bigger" piece out of his mouth, but those particular crackers leave tons of crumbs on his tongue that forces him to use his tongue to move the crumbs around to form a bolus for him to swallow.  Spitting it out becomes more difficult when it becomes wet (because it sticks to his tongue).  The alternative is to give his tongue a good workout by moving the food back and forth until it works its way to the back of his mouth and he eventually swallow it.  WOW, never in a  million years would I have put  that much thought into the art of eating!!  LOL  Crazy as it sounds, it IS actually working!!

So, I am happy to report that so far, this has been a positive experience, albeit a SLOW one!!  But Landon is at least willing to TRY some new things.  Landon does continue to mainly eat stage 2 purees, but his menu IS increasing on the textured side!  SMALL steps.........hey, I'll take it!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Landon, Landon, Landon!!!

..........WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH YOU??!!

I think I have officially been put in my place.......and it is NOT the BOSS of this little man!  Once again Landon has reminded me that he WILL lead the way.........IN.HIS.OWN.TIME (surely, not mine)!!

Let me explain.............this is the look of VICTORY!!!



AND.........this is what has been CONQUERED.........




YES, you read it correctly, that would be a #3 (as in Stage 3 food, LUMPY and all) in the top right hand corner of that pouch.  You know, the one I wrote about this past Friday stating that Landon would have absolutely no part of.  Well, tonight I decided to frustrate myself  TRY giving Landon a stage 3 food for kicks, just to see what he would do (or should I say, to CONFIRM the fact that I am NOT losing my mind).  Ha!  I guess that didn't work out in my favor, either!!  The nerve this little boy has, WILLINGLY, opening his mouth, bite after bite, until he finished THE.WHOLE.THING!!!!  Smiling, YES, smiling the whole time!!  No reaction to the change in texture and NO GAGGING!!  I am so happy that Scott was there to witness this, to confirm that YES, I am indeed losing my mind!!!!  LOL

Of course I am so happy for this HUGE achievement (and you better believe I did a VICTORY dance), BUT, I am still aware that tomorrow is another day!  It's a start though!!  I offered, he accepted (and did it willingly).  Maybe because I approached it without any expectations??!!  At any rate, HE DID IT!!!  

Can Landon (& his mommy) get a WOOT WOOT??!!











It's a Fun, Fun Sunny Day!!

Well, the sun is shining and Landon just finished his Early Intervention (IFSP) Review.  He did a great job and we spent some time setting some new goals for the next 6 months!!  There is really nothing I would love to see more than my little peanut running around the backyard with his brothers, this spring!!  Anything is POSSIBLE!!  (Once again, we passed on the reading of the results.........we know what Landon can do and what he still needs a little work on).  He was such a trooper through the whole thing and finished on a smiling note!!  I was looking at some videos that we took of Landon over the past week and I came across this one.  Keeping with the mood of the day, I thought I would share it with you.

If I didn't know any better, I would have thought that Landon "JUST" found his hands.  Either that or he is going to make one heck of a music conductor!  You decide=)

**Don't forget to pause or turn the music off at the bottom of the page**


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Hope your day is fun and sunny too!!!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Time for Intervention (Feeding Specialist)

I confess, my patience regarding Landon's feeding/weight issues has finally gotten the best of me.  I have pretty much exhausted all possibilities and have felt that it was time for an intervention.  Landon turned 21 months yesterday and he has only gained 1/2 a pound since his 18 month check up!  That's right folks, Landon now weighs a whole whopping 18 1/2 pounds=(  FRUSTRATING!!  I have been getting tips from other blogs, friends, "professionals" and nothing has seemed to work LONG TERM (or long enough to pacify me)!  I am a pretty patient person, but I do have limits!

Landon's pediatrician gave us a referral to a local feeding clinic.  Although Landon is an outpatient at Children's Hospital Boston (Down syndrome clinic), it was unanimous that Landon have his initial evaluation done locally (in case he needs to be seen weekly) and he would be seen in Boston at his next clinical in January!  That works for me, as traveling 45 minutes once or twice a week just does not fit in to our schedule!

This afternoon we met with a feeding specialist.  The events that have led us there are as follows:

- Landon officially dipped off the Down syndrome growth chart (at his 18 month well-visit in which he weighed in at 18 lbs.)

- Landon still eats stage 2 purees......will not give stage 3's the time of day

- Landon has added "MINIMAL" solids to his menu (Gerber cereal bars, cheerios, Gerber cheese curls, toast w/ hummus, cream cheese and a thin layer of peanut butter, pirates booty, a slice of American cheese (on occasion) and yogurt (well, this is still a puree)

- Landon drinks 3 "bottles" of whole milk a day (at 5oz. a shot)  I admit, I have issues with him still taking the bottle.

- Landon recently went to the Dr.'s  for his flu shot (2 weeks ago) and weighed in at 18 1/2 lbs.

- Landon "WAS" drinking from his honey bear cup/straw and has since decided that he is so over it!

- Landon will drink from a sippy cup......FOR ME.......but will not consistently do so for others.

- We are not really sure if Landon is "chewing" his food or moving it around his mouth (so that it melts) and then swallows it.


So, I am a bit bothered by the whole bottle thing (it's just not part of MY plan, diagnosis or not, I want him off the bottle by the time he is 2) Selfish on my part, YES!!  It frustrates me that he will not take the sippy cup consistently since he is quite capable of drinking from it (STUBBORN on his part, MOST DEFINITELY)!  I am frustrated that he can eat purees and pieces of toast (crunchy and all) but will not combine the textures or at least be willing to try something new.  We have been stuck on this same menu much longer than I expected.  If I give Landon a noodle with alfredo sauce, he will suck the sauce off and spit the noodle out.  If I give him a french fry dipped in ketchup, he will suck the ketchup off and spit the french fry out.  We have tried mashing and small pieces and putting dinners through the food processor.  We have tried different textures and different techniques and the list just goes on.  Frankly, I'm tired.  I'm tired of TRYING!!  Maybe I'm the problem!!!  Whatever the case may be, in the best interest of Landon...............I.NEED.HELP!!

We met with the feeding specialist today for about an hour and a half.  We went over EVERYTHING from Landon's birth to where he is today.  I was asked to bring in a bunch of things that Landon eats (and I took that VERY seriously, lol).  I brought a little of EVERYTHING from his menu.  I even brought in ALL the different "cups" that we have tried to offer him.  YES, I was prepared!!

We began with transitioning between the different foods, and don't you know, that little bugger did so like each bite was the same!   HA!  The consensus has been that Landon tends to "munch" rather than actually "chew" his food.  WELL, today he showed signs that he was actually chewing!  Surprise, surprise!!  Hmmm, maybe the 6 teeth that he now has, is helping!  Then we moved on to drinking.  Landon generally will drink (unassisted) from his bottle, for me (pretty consistently).  But, lately at home (with grandparents) and at school he has been a little naughty boy taking a sip from his bottle and then throwing it across the room.  There have been consequences for that (like having his bottle taken away)......thanks Melissa=)  But of course the little show off that Landon is, drank his whole bottle (unassisted) for this complete stranger.  Ugh!  Finally, we moved on to the sippy cup, which he will drink from "the most" consistently but will whip it at your head as equally consistent.  Not today my friends, with a little applauding, he drank from that sippy cup and placed it ever so gently on the table after each sip.  SERIOUSLY???!!!

The outcome of this meeting was that the feeding specialist felt like Landon was a good candidate for this program.  The pros are that he has no health issues (no underlying problems that are preventing him from progressing).  Thyroid and Celiac have already been tested for and ruled out.  His tongue thrust is not bad, she feels like with some extra prompting techniques used while eating, that she can help him control it better.  Now that Landon has teeth, they will help him break down his food a little better (to avoid choking, giving him more confidence in trying new things).  She is very confident that Landon will progress (rather quickly) through this program.  However, she felt that we need to place Landon's issues in order of importance.

Our first goal will be to get Landon back on the Down syndrome growth chart.  Although it is expected that he will be a bit smaller, we do not want to overlook a "potential" problem.  It's best that we address this issue now and stay on top of it.  We will be adding a liquid multi-vitamin and we will add 2 bottles of pediasure a day.  This will require me to adjust MY plan.....if Landon chooses to do this by bottle only......then the bottle it is.  The goal is not to stress him out by changing too many things all at once.  OK, I'll give him that (well, maybe a little extension)!!  Also, Landon eats about 5 containers of Gerber baby food a day with snacks in between his 3 meals (for a total of 5 "meals" a day).  She would like us to add an extra container (to make 2) at breakfast.  Hopefully, this will help him to pack on a few pounds.

Landon will have his official weigh in next Friday.  We will monitor him for one month.  And adjust his plan as needed.  The feeding specialist will address some minor issues as we go along.  To this day, this has been the one area that Landon and I struggle with.  Some days it's just so hard when you see him progressing in every other area. You start to wonder if you are missing something........some significant sign that you are overlooking.  And yes, I have a HUGE fear of that!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Thankful!

........that's how I have been feeling lately!  The days seem to come and go (rather quickly) and the goings on of the day tend to be a blur.  After getting the kids to bed at night, I get to have a little ME time.  Not very long, but long enough to sit and think about the days events.  I'm a bit disappointed that I have been away from my blog for a little while.  I feel like I have missed so much.  But I have been enjoying catching up these past few days.  Thank you to those of you who have continued to stop by and leave comments, and to those of you who have been concerned about my absence and sent me personal messages.  YES, we are still here, LIFE has just been keeping us busy these days.  And these days just keep getting shorter!!  UGH!  Too much to do........so little time=(

I am also THANKFUL to another group of women that play such an important role in Landon's life.  And today,  I think they deserve recognition, and I would like to share with all of you.........their continuous acts of kindness!

I often speak very highly of Landon's EI team (who I blog about on many occasions).  Landon continues to make great strides in many different areas.  I will be sharing his latest with you all shortly.  I'm working on those posts (which are now drafts), SO, I am getting there.  Again, too much to do/say.....so little time=(  Landon's therapists continue to see him at "school" and the staff at his school have been very open to having them there.  And today, this is the new group of women that have me feeling THANKFUL!

Since Landon has been going to "school" full time (since September) he has been making GREAT gains, rather quickly!  I know that this will not ALWAYS be the case, but right now, IT IS!!  And I could not be happier!  Landon's therapists see him for 1 hour every day while he is at school (4 days a week).  They have really been trying to work with Landon during the days regular activities, alongside his peers.  But the important piece in all of this is that Landon's teachers are all actively taking part in learning about each of his therapies.  This way they can continue to work with Landon for the rest of the day/week.

You see, Landon is the first child with Down syndrome to attend this "school".  Looking for a daycare for your child is a very stressful task.  Looking for a daycare for your child with special needs is stressful x10!!  Scott & I decided to send Landon to this school, just like his older brothers.  Yes, even though they were not experienced in teaching children with Down syndrome.  I guess coming from a family of educators, Scott & I share a true belief in "INCLUSION".  There is a part of me that feels that because this school had never taught a child with Down syndrome, they didn't have any preconceived notion or outdated information barriers.  They take things one day at a time and allow Landon to lead the way.  He  does everything that his peers do, and they make accommodations where they are needed, giving Landon the opportunity to reach his fullest potential.  And when they are unsure of something, they communicate with me, Landon's EI staff and accept the opportunity to attend workshops to educate themselves.

Last week, Landon's OT, was hosting an "Including Samuel" workshop.  She invited myself and the staff at Landon's school to attend and to say a few words on our experience with inclusion.  Unfortunately, I was unable to attend that evening (but I have had the opportunity to attend an "Including Samuel" workshop in the past).  I did however send a letter (of our experience with Landon and his daycare) that was read following the viewing, to a room full of "mostly" educators.  Not quite the same as being there in person, but still having the opportunity to help spread awareness.  It was such an inspiring documentary that really gave me HOPE for Landon.  I am happy to say that 5 staff members from Landon's school attended this workshop.......on a Tuesday evening, for 2 hours......on their own time!!    A very special "thank you" to Melissa for sharing her thoughts on inclusion too!!  These women continue to go above and beyond........ EVERY.SINGLE.DAY!!  Ever since Landon started going to this school, they have opened their doors and their hearts to our little boy.  They have taken interest in learning about Landon, Down syndrome, and any technique or strategy to help him reach his fullest potential.

I am painfully aware that this concern for Landon may not be shared at each level of his educational experience.  But right now, we have that!  This part of our journey (20 months in) has been very good to us.  I am grateful to have this positive experience so early...........because I have been given the opportunity to see the positive outcomes of inclusion, on a daily basis.  It does work.  And it can be done.  The key is communication between all parties involved in our children's care accompanied by the belief that inclusion does and can work.

THANK YOU to the staff at Hawthorn Hill Preschool for believing in Landon and all his possibilities.  For not only attending the "Including Samuel" workshop, but for making accommodations for Landon when needed, showing interest in his therapy sessions, for taking the initiative in learning sign language (through the Signing Time DVDs) to communicate with Landon and for passing that knowledge on to his peers so that he can truly feel like he IS included.

The impact that you have on your students is powerful!!  You are opening the door to an inclusive education for so many others (with different abilities) that will follow in Landon's path.  And you are exposing others to the world of differently abled people.  For your willing effort to help spread awareness, we are forever grateful.  I can assure you, that you will help to ease the fears of many parents who may be at the beginning of their  "journey into the unknown".  Landon is lucky to have each and every one of you!

THANK YOU for accepting Landon as he is and for loving him none the less.