Raise Expectations is all about being the best we can be, and expecting the best of those around us. Yes, it is a lofty goal, but often you get what you expect. That is the premise of our business/blog/life.
Reaching out to others to advocate, support, teach and learn is what we hope to do. Years ago it was hard to get to know families across town, now we can forge friendships across continents. There is so much information our there if we work together we can educate the world!
One way to get people to interact is through books. Fiction can be a great way to escape, learn, explore and teach. A great thing about reading or being read to, is believing yourself to be one of the characters in the story. In all of the books we have read to our kids, or they have read, we have not found a character with DS. Similar to gender, or race if you do not see a role model you can relate to, you can feel left out. So Sean decided to write a story that our daughter could see herself as the main character. “Sam’s Top Secret Journal–We Spy”. The success of the first book turned into a series! Now there are 3 books staring “Sam”: We Spy, Secret Island and Memorial Day. In each one Sam and her brother go on an adventure, helping someone along the way.
The newest book on the shelves is Trispero, This is a medical thriller based in the current research of the 21st chromosome. Lots of fun and a bit of a message along the way.
Another way for us to work together is in sharing our experiences. We have 3 kids each typical and a-typical in their own way. We have been in many states, and school districts. Some have been great, some not so great. Discussing what works and what doesn’t is a great way to “pay it forward” for the next family. It is a classic case of you don’t know what you don’t know till you know it… Knowing a schools definition of accommodation vs. modification seems simple once you have discussed. So be open to teaching and learning in this crazy world of raising kids and growing up. You can follow our trials, tribulations, successes and fun on our Blog page.
The old adage of “treating each other they way you would want to be treated” works in all settings, so raise your expectations of yourself, your kids, your school district, sports team..