Tag Archives: Parker’s Place

You Know You’re A Special Needs Parent When…

You know you’re a special needs parent when… You pack exact required change for 2 chocolates from the hospital vending machine while waiting for an ambulance. You own more snot-suctioning devices than is either reasonable, or anticipated. Your invitations to BBQs and get-togethers dry up. You have a hospital bag, toy bag and food bag […]

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From Colombian Orphan with Down Syndrome To Becoming Target’s Latest Model

Kayella Aschoff is a beautiful 4 year old from Minnesota. She has Down syndrome and began her life in an orphanage in Colombia, before coming home as the first child of the Aschoff family when she was 9 months old. She has a brother Leo, who also has Down syndrome and was adopted. “We wanted […]

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Picture Perfect: Teen Artist with Down syndrome exhibits in New York and London

  Josie Webster is an 18 yr old girl from Sydney, Australia. She has Down syndrome and a talented eye for landscapes. Josie spent her early years in a mainstream primary school. While she attended a standard high school which had a special needs unit, her family felt it was more like a special school […]

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Madeline Stuart – The Model With a Little Extra

Recently, a photo hit social media running and is yet to slow down. With over 100,000 likes in 48 hours, Madeline Stuart model (with the help of her mum to run her Facebook page) has an amazing story to tell of health, fitness and weight loss.   Madeline Stuart lives in Brisbane, Australia and has […]

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What makes a mother smile?

  When my son was born, he was blue. He was taken away and put on oxygen. Then he had a nasal gastric tube inserted. He was going to need oxygen long term, due to a condition called laryngomalacia (severely floppy airways). I held him, and loved him a little bit extra than I ever […]

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Parker’s birth announcement

Having a baby diagnosed at birth with Down syndrome is a tumultuous time. Your life has just been turned on its head in one irrevocable moment, and your brain doesn’t stop churning for hours. Plus you have a newborn to look after, which is all encompassing in itself. I delayed my birth announcement for two […]

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