Marty has a determination and confidence in all that he does. You can see it in his face as he concentrates on accomplishing a new task. He has conquered his discomfort with cups and no longer drinks with a sippy lid. He still has to learn the concept that if you throw an open cup the contents do spill all over..not like the sippy cup he has thrown to the floor when he is done which occurred many, many times.
He has learned a few more words and his family supports him to continue using those new skills. For instance, we say “Ready, set….and Marty finishes with GO!! He loves his family, routine, rough housing, creativity, puzzles, and of course movies. he has mastered the DVD player and puts the movie back in its cover when he is done. He can be helpful gathering everyone’s shoes when it is time to go bye-bye. He will start his second year in school in a month. I am sure he will surprise his teachers with the things he has learned over the summer! His Down Syndrome diagnosis does not define who he is–which means he is as unique as any other individual and does not fit into a defined assessment. I predict he will astound even those who love him deeply!