Congratulations on the birth of your grandchild! We know it can be challenging at the beginning to cope with the fears of what Down syndrome might mean for your family. Many other grandparents have experienced those fears too, but as they have gotten to know their grandchildren, most have come to accept and love them and to find joy in watching them develop their own unique talents. We hope you will find encouragement from the positive experiences of other grandparents and from seeing how many resources are available to help your family.
If you would like more information about Down syndrome, you are welcome to contact our office for a Grandparent Packet. We are also available to answer questions and help you and your family find resources. Just call us at 630-325-9112.
- Boll, Rachel, “The Facts About Grandchildren with Down Syndrome.” This article includes basic information about Down syndrome, advice for grandparents, and resource lists.
- Iannone, Nancy McCrea, Stephanie Meredith, and Amy Geoffroy, “Your Loved One is Having a Baby with Down Syndrome.” This booklet can be downloaded from www.downsyndromepregnancy.org or a print version can be ordered through Woodbine House Publishing.
- New Facebook Group: Grandparents with Grandkids with Down Syndrome (GWGWDS)