We Are More Than Just a Diagnosis

I am Asmaa, mother to two amazing children.  Saja is nine years old & Bader is seven years old.  Saja was born with Down syndrome( DS) she is verbal.  Bader has autism, non verbal and he communicates with pictures exchange communication system (PECS). They are Smart, funny, sassy, and stubborn at times.... In other words they are just like any other kid & I think all concerned parents would agree with me when I say my kids keep me on my toes.  I love them just the way they are, I believe in them, and I kwon there is more to them than what they project to the world. They never cease to astonish me, they are my human defibrillator. I started this blog to spread the awareness & fight stereotype about down syndrome & Autism.  As in This day and age they are people who still think that autism can be cured by firm discipline !!  Or that autism is caused by the lack of maternal love. How absurd! 

When it comes to down syndrome, there is just as much prejudice and misconceptions. That is why I feel it is primordial to let the World see what our children are capable of. Our duty as parents, care givers & teachers is to nourish our kids, expose them to everything & watch them grow into independent adults, all they need is acceptance, support and love.  

I am happy to share my experience and what worked with my kids and what we do, as I am sure i Will be learning as well from others.  I remember how hopeless and lost I felt back when I got the diagnosis, and how my family and friends were a great support and still are.

Saja 

Down syndrome happens at conception.  About 1 in 400 babies are conceived with three copies of chromosome 21.  People with T21 have very full, happy and active lives but most have some form of intellectual disability and increased rates of congenital and some acquired conditions. For many years scientists believed that it was impossible to do anything to treat or intervene medically to lessen the effects of T21 in the person's health and well-being.  The main reason for this was the fact that there are over 500 genes on chromosome 21.  However exciting advances within the last 10 years have linked particular genes and biochemical pathways to the particular problems seen in T21. It is now felt it is more than a hope that T21 can have treatment or treatments to help them live a life they choose.  The majority of the medical and scientific community are unaware of these advances.  Drug company Roche announced an  upcoming research for people with T21.  We hope many more do as well.

These children are a huge asset to the human family - every one of those genes, are our genes - including those extra genes.  They are our children,  we owe them our first priority.

Note: The medicine we seek is linked to the same medicine we will all need as we live beyond age 80 and we develop dementia.  Down's syndrome can be the fast track we need to finding that medicine for the human race. what an exiting time to be alife . to read more at :  www.dsrf-uk.org

Bader

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. With the May 2013 publication of the DSM-5 diagnostic manual, all autism disorders were merged into one umbrella diagnosis of ASD.

ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Some persons with ASD excel in visual skills, music, math and art.

Autism appears to have its roots in very early brain development. However, the most obvious signs of autism and symptoms of autism tend to emerge between 2 and 3 years of age.  to learn more www.autism.org.uk