“Children with Down syndrome are all mentally retarded.”  Ugh. That is another one of those dark, outdated, Down syndrome myths. It is even printed in some of my medical textbooks! The truth is, children with Down syndrome can have normal IQ. All kids with Down syndrome are unique and we can not make sweeping generalizations (as all children are unique). While many children with Down syndrome will fall in the “below normal” range of IQ, most of these kids just barely miss the cut-off point. In other words, “severe mental retardation” is not the norm! Our children with Down syndrome can fall anywhere on the spectrum, and normal intelligence is possible.

An IQ score is, after all, just a number. It does not reflect the ability for a child to have a wonderful, fulfilling, and successful life. And it does not measure equally important attributes such as creativity, personality, perseverance, and life experiences.

This myth that all children with Down syndrome are mentally retarded comes from the time when most children with Down syndrome were placed into institutions where they did not receive the appropriate medical care, nurturing, education, or therapy. We now know that any child placed in these conditions will not thrive! Our kids were never given a chance.

With improved medical treatments, therapy techniques, and methods of teaching, IQ scores continue to rise. We should not place limits on our children, because we don’t know the potential of people with Down syndrome. The possibilities are endless.

The possibility of a normal IQ does not mean, however, that we can sit back and hope our kids do great. We still must work hard to ensure our kids reach their developmental potential. It is crucial that early education begin as soon as possible, because there is a window of opportunity when our kids have the greatest ability to learn; from birth to age five, when brain development is at its peak. It actually becomes more difficult to learn after the age of five. Ironic, isn’t it, that this is the age we start school?

I found this very overwhelming when Ella was born. Not only did I have to take care of a new baby, but I had to learn about Down syndrome and research how to teach my baby. And I had to figure it out before that window of opportunity for maximum brain development closed. I felt like I was racing against the clock to teach Ella as much as possible before she turned five.

I don’t like any of the myths about Down syndrome, but I find this one especially concerning. If parents believe their child is destined to be mentally retarded – that their child can not learn – what incentive do they have to begin teaching baby immediately? I fear many parents will accept this myth and therefore not begin the appropriate care that could actually increase their baby’s intelligence. How sad for both the family and baby if baby’s entire life is limited over a myth!

While I often consult with families about medical concerns, my favorite consults are the ones where I get to show a family what they can easily do each day to improve their child’s development. I love getting to know the parents and watching baby grow and thrive. It is extremely rewarding for me to take what I learned to make my own daughter successful and share it with others.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you want to learn how you can teach your baby with Down syndrome. The best gift you can give your baby is the gift of a successful future. I’d love to show you how to do everything possible to help your child learn. Click here for  a video testimonial regarding obtaining a consultation.



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I am currently working with Dr. Kinder because I want to maximize Annabelle’s potential and believe that early intervention is so important. Prior to working with Dr. Kinder, I read many books on parenting children with Down syndrome. Most of the books were overwhelming to me because it provided information on all the things that “could” happen. As a busy mother of three, I don’t want to worry about all the possible challenges that may or may not be in our future. I want to meet Annabelle where she is now and serve her needs in the present time. I am working with Dr. Kinder to make my life easier as I strive to provide Annabelle with the very best. I have learned more in the last month of working with Dr. Kinder than I have in my previous five months of independent reading and research.

 

 



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I am confident that I am receiving the very best information and advice to better serve my child’s needs. In all of the research I have done, I just couldn’t find this kind of information anywhere. My main reason for working with Dr. Kinder is to learn about how I can best assist with development at a very early age. Dr. Kinder truly understands this and is helping me work smarter and not harder. I feel great knowing that I am doing the very best for my daughter. My child  is three months old now and is doing very well. We are truly looking forward to the future. I can’t wait to discover all of her gifts and talents.      -mom to 3-month-old with Down syndrome



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Wealth of Knowledge

February 20, 2013
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Julia is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to Down syndrome! She is a wonderful advocate, excellent consultant and an excellent support for new parents of children with Down syndrome. I relied heavily on her to support and educate families. Her advice concerning good nutrition and wellness is well founded. I would not hesitate to refer anyone to Julia. Her energy, generosity, and caring makes her an exceptional consultant, speaker, coach and support for so many families.

-February 4, 2013
-Linda Orso (Executive Director at Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis ) worked directly with Dr. Julia at Dr. Julia Kinder for many years



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I have been working with Dr. Kinderfor one month now, and I love having a partner in this new journey. We found out about our daughter and her extra special chromosome during our 19th week of pregnancy. Although I spent a significant amount of time reading and doing research on my own during the remainder of my pregnancy, it was not enough for me. I was looking for something more. Someone who I could talk to. Someone who had “been there, done that.” Someone who was an expert on Down syndrome. Someone who I trusted and enjoyed working with. Dr. Kinder has far exceeded all of my expectations. She is exactly what I was looking for to help maximize Annabelle’s potential.                              -Lanie, mom to Annabelle

Baby Annabelle and Mom Lanie



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What can children with Down syndrome accomplish? The possibilites are endless. With improved health care, methods of teaching, and tailored therapies, children with Down syndrome are thriving. We should no longer place any limits on our kids with Down syndrome.

Yes, it is possible for children with Down syndrome to have normal intelligence.  And Early Intervention (providing nurturing, therapy and teaching) has been shown to increase a child’s potential. But here’s the thing many parents don’t realize – the most optimal time for a child to learn is before the age of four or five years of age! Yes, before a child goes to school! It is crucial that babies with Down syndrome begin learning very soon after birth, with special techniques.

This means it is up to the parents to learn how to maximize their child’s development not only by teaching their child, but knowing what not to do which may limit the child’s success.

A consultation with Dr. Julia Kinder can save you time by showing you exactly what you need to do, when to do it, and how. Because babies with Down syndrome should start learning by age 3 months, many parents find it stressful and overwhelming to figure out what they must be doing.

Let Dr. Kinder help you easily maximize your child’s development and decrease your stress and worry.  Contact her for details at julia@juliakinder.com



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If you just found out your baby or grand-baby has Down syndrome, you are likely feeling overwhelmed. Mixed emotions are common and include sadness, fear, uncertainty, worry, and even anger. You’ve heard a little about Down syndrome and this information may have been negative. Unfortunately, there are many myths and outdated notions surrounding Down syndrome – some of this incomplete and inaccurate information may even come from the medical community.

Raising any child has its’ challenges. But now you have to figure out not only how to take care of a baby, but a baby who has Down syndrome. You don’t know where to start, what to do, or how to feel. You have more questions than answers.

Finding accurate and updated information on Down syndrome can be very time-consuming. Information is scattered about in different sources: websites, books, organizations, and from different doctors, therapists, and teachers. You must beware of wrong information.

Dr. Julia Kinder is mom to Ella, an eight-year-old child who is thriving with Down syndrome. Dr. Kinder is a board-certified family practice physician. Most importantly, she is a friend who listens. She has the unique perspective and experience to show other parents how to raise a successful child with Down syndrome. Dr. Kinder has helped thousands of other families, and can save you time, money, and worry while creating a roadmap for you to easily care for your child.

You don’t have to go through this alone. Whatever you are feeling or thinking – Dr. Kinder understands because she has been there. You can ask her absolutely any question that is on your mind. Find trusted answers and solutions quickly and easily, so you can go on with enjoying your new baby!

Each consultation with Dr. Kinder is tailored to the unique needs of the family and child. Email Dr. Kinder for details: julia@juliakinder.com



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Consultations for Grandparents

February 18, 2013
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So you are a proud new grandparent of a lovely new grandbaby! And this particular grandbaby happens to have an extra chromosome in addition to his or her fuzzy head, twinkling eyes, dimpled cheeks, and cute baby cry. I’m certain this new family member already has a very special place in your heart.

But maybe the birth of this grandbaby has been a little different -there’s also the news that this baby has a diagnosis of Down syndrome. It can be a confusing time with mixed emotions. As the grandparent, your role is not only to spoil this baby, but also to take care of your child – baby’s parent. And perhaps baby’s parent is having a difficult time knowing what to think about this diagnosis. On the one hand, everyone has been so excited anticipating the arrival of this infant who looks so happy, perfect, and content. On the other hand, no one in the family really knows what a child with Down syndrome is like. What are the implications of this diagnosis? What will baby be like? Will he have struggles along the way? Will he be healthy? There are more questions than answers about what life will be like now.

Ella’s grandparents, and great-grandparents, played a crucial role in our family after Ella’s birth. They were there when we cried, when we needed a break, and for endless trips to the grocery store when we needed to try yet another bottle. And they were there for all the joys – when Ella rolled over, took her first steps, and went off to kindergarten. Their love for Ella is unconditional. Ella’s great-grandmother said something to me that I’ll never forget, and that brings me pure happiness: “I know I’m not supposed to have a favorite grandchild, but there is just something about Ella that is so special and amazing – she is my favorite of all my grandchildren.”      -Dr. Julia

For eight years, Dr. Kinder has been helping new families start out on their journey with a child who has Down syndrome. She is on a mission to fill the void that exists between receiving the diagnosis and actually knowing what to do and when. She realizes there is a crucial piece of information missing between when doctors give the diagnosis and when parents go home to figure out on their own what they need to do for this baby. Dr. Kinder knows this gap exists because even with her medical training, she was not prepared to raise a child with Special Needs. She found it very difficult to find a reliable and honest source of information. She wanted another mom – a friend – that she could talk to about anything she was feeling or thinking. She wanted practical advice on what to do each day. From her years of experience counseling other families, and from her own personal experiences, Dr. Kinder knows how vital it is that grandparents also have this information about Down syndrome.

Your consultation with Dr. Kinder includes:

-Initial informational email from YOU to Dr. Kinder. You will first send an email to Dr. Kinder with general information she will need before your consult

-One-hour phone consultation with Dr. Kinder at a time which is convenient for both of you. Your conversation will be informal and guided by your questions, concerns, and needs.

-Follow-up email from Dr. Kinder with the main points from your conversation, so that you don’t need to take extensive notes during the phone call.

You don’t have to go through this alone. Let Dr. Kinder help. This is an unexpected moment in the life of your family. Don’t waste a moment – there is much to consider for yourself, your family, and for your new grand-baby. Dr. Kinder will show you The UPside™.

Contact Dr. Kinder: julia@juliakinder.com

 



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You just found out your baby has Down syndrome, and you aren’t sure what to think or how to feel. You should be enjoying this time with your new baby, yet this unexpected news has turned your world UPside Down™. You have no idea what it means to have a child with Down syndrome, and you don’t know where to start. And honestly, at the moment, you don’t really feel like doing much of anything. This is a very emotional and overwhelming time. Your doctors have given you the facts. Now, what you need most, is a trusted friend to talk to who has been there, done that. You need to know the truth about having a child with Down syndrome, and you need to know what to do first.

Dr. Julia Kinder, family practice physician and mom to Ella (who has Down syndrome), knows just what you are going through. When she learned of Ella’s diagnosis, she felt scared, alone, and had no idea what to do first. Even her medical background did not prepare her for parenting a child with Special Needs. She became frustrated trying to find someone to just listen to her most honest emotions and to tell her what it was really like to have a child with Down syndrome. She needed information beyond what other doctors told her and what she found from other sources. She needed a friend.

For eight years, Dr. Kinder has been offering that kind of support to other families. She is on a mission to fill the void that exists between finding out your child has Down syndrome and learning to THRIVE with the diagnosis. Dr. Kinder can answer your questions and guide you on what to do next.

Your consultation includes:

-Initial informational email from YOU to Dr. Kinder. You will first send an email to Dr. Kinder with general information she will need before your consult

-One-hour phone consultation with Dr. Kinder at a time which is convenient for both of you. Dr. Kinder understands that sometimes you need a friend most after regular business hours! Your conversation will be like talking to a friend- feel free to ask anything and to admit to how you are truly feeling. Dr. Julia will not make any judgements and has probably had all the same thoughts and emotions. Dr. Kinder will help guide you through this experience of finding out your baby has Down syndrome. This conversation will focus on questions about Down syndrome and what it’s like to be a parent of a child with Down syndrome.

-Follow-up email from Dr. Kinder with the main points from your conversation, so that you don’t need to take extensive notes during the phone call.

You don’t have to go through this alone. Let Dr. Kinder help. This is an unexpected moment in your life that could potentially change the course of your life. Don’t waste a moment – there is much to consider for yourself, your family, and for your new baby. Dr. Kinder will show you The UPside™.

 Contact Dr. Kinder: julia@juliakinder.com


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You just found out your baby has Down syndrome, and you aren’t sure what to think or how to feel. You should just be enjoying this time in your pregnancy, yet now this unexpected news has turned your world UPside Down™. You have decisions you need to make, things you need to do…yet it is nearly impossible because you just don’t have enough information and because it is a very emotional time. Your doctors have given you the facts. Now, what you need most, is a trusted friend to talk to who has been there, done that.

Dr. Julia Kinder, family practice physician and mom to Ella (who has Down syndrome), knows just what you are going through. When she learned of Ella’s diagnosis, she felt scared, alone, and had no idea what to do first. Even her medical background did not prepare her for parenting a child with Special Needs. She became frustrated trying to find someone to just listen to her most honest emotions and to tell her what it was really like to have a child with Down syndrome. She needed information beyond what other doctors told her and what she found from other sources. She needed a friend.

For eight years, Dr. Kinder has been offering that kind of support to other families. She is on a mission to fill the void that exists between finding out your child has Down syndrome and learning to THRIVE with the diagnosis. Dr. Kinder can answer your questions and guide you on what to do next.

Your consultation includes:

-Initial informational email from YOU to Dr. Kinder. You will first send an email to Dr. Kinder with general information she will need before your consult (details available after purchase).

-One-hour phone consultation with Dr. Kinder at a time which is convenient for both of you. Dr. Kinder understands that sometimes you need a friend most after regular business hours! Your conversation will be like talking to a friend- feel free to ask anything and to admit to how you are truly feeling. Dr. Julia will not make any judgements and has probably had all the same thoughts and emotions. Dr. Kinder will help guide you through this experience of finding out your baby has Down syndrome. This conversation will focus on questions about Down syndrome and what it’s like to be a parent of a child with Down syndrome.

-Follow-up email from Dr. Kinder with the main points from your conversation, so that you don’t need to take extensive notes during the phone call.

You don’t have to go through this alone. Let Dr. Kinder help. This is an unexpected moment in your life that could potentially change the course of your life. There is much to consider for yourself, your family, and for your new baby. Dr. Kinder will show you The UPside™.

Contact Dr. Kinder: julia@juliakinder.com



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