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“Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.”
FRANCIS OF ASSISI

Grandparents of Children with Down Syndrome

September 2011

Dear Grandparents:

Congratulations on the birth of your grandchild! The fact that your grandchild has Down syndrome may have come as a shock to you and your family. You may be experiencing feelings of sorrow, denial or uncertainty regarding the future of your grandchild. You likely have many questions about how to provide love, encouragement, and support to both your child and your grandchild. Please be assured that your grandchild has a very bright future and will bring much joy into your life. Your relationship with your grandchild is unique- like no other! All children need their family for nurturing, guidance, and most importantly, love and acceptance- your grandchild with Down syndrome is no different.

The National Association for Down Syndrome is pleased to offer you this packet of information to help you on your journey. Accurate and up to date information about Down syndrome will be helpful in dispelling any myths or fears you may have. We hope that through information and support you will gain an understanding of your grandchild’s special needs and of the love that this child has to offer everyone in his or her life.

We encourage you to learn as much about Down syndrome as possible and remember: A baby with Down syndrome is still just a baby! Treat him or her as you would any other baby; love them; make him or her giggle and laugh at your silly faces; teach and guide your grandchild with the same knowledge and understanding that you would any other child and make sure that you continue to respect and honor your grandchild with the same level of expectations as any other child.

Congratulations once again, and feel free to contact us with any questions you may have at 630-325-9112 or at rgillespie@nads.org. You can also visit our website at www.nads.org to learn more about Down syndrome and our organization.

Sincerely,

Randi Gillespie
Parent of a 7 year old with Down syndrome