We are happy to meet with you or talk at any time, so please do not hesitate to reach out. It is our desire to give you HOPE along this journey and to show you what living this life, on a day-to-day basis, really looks like; for this is a life that is filled with so much happiness, laughter, love, and pure JOY. A term that resonates with many throughout our community is that those with Down syndrome are "more alike than different," a term that is absolutely true.
The National Down Syndrome Society (2018) said it best, "The most important thing to keep in mind is that a Down syndrome diagnosis is not as “life changing” as the fact that you have a new baby. And in most ways, your baby will be just like other infants. Every baby needs to be fed, held and most of all, loved. There will be challenges in raising your child, but there will also be many joys. It’s normal to be nervous about what lies ahead, but remember that Down syndrome is a condition your baby has, it is not who your baby is. Now is the time to begin learning all you can about Down syndrome and this section is a great place to start."
We welcome all new and expectant families with open arms and are so happy that you've found us here. Please use the form on the side of this page to contact us and our new parent liaison will be in touch soon.
Helpful New Parent Resources:
We highly encourage all new parents to print 2 copies of these Down syndrome specific healthcare guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics. One copy for you to keep and the other for you to share with your pediatrician. The easy to follow guide will make your healthcare journey that much more manageable and will ensure that everyone is on the same page.
Anne Arundel County's Child Find Program is integral in helping to provide our families with early intervention services from birth through age five. This free program brought to you by the state of Maryland offers an evaluation to all of our families (Down syndrome is an automatic qualifier for services) and subsequent in-home therapies including, but not limited to, physical therapy, occupational, and speech therapy. We encourage all new families to reach out to child find as soon as their child is born so that they may schedule an in-home evaluation.