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What Helped My Daughter With Down Syndrome Navigate Challenges at Preschool

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During her bath, my 5-year old daughter said to me, “Mommy, I have a good idea.” “What’s that, Hazel?” I asked her. Taking her bath blocks, she stacked one up on the edge of the tub. “This is a hill.” Then she took two more blocks and stacked them next to the first. “And this is a mountain.” We talked for a minute about hills and mountains, then she moved on to play with another toy.

My husband and I hear “I have a good idea” from Hazel frequently these days. Whether it’s an idea for a tea party, acting out a Daniel Tiger or Fancy Nancy episode, or simply suggesting a “good idea” of cookies for dessert or extra TV time, Hazel is an ideas queen.

She’s also a savvy negotiator, with a “I was just asking” response said in a slightly exasperated tone when her dad or I say no to a “good idea,” often for a very good reason.

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