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Receiving a Down syndrome diagnosis feels different for every parent. But always, there are questions.
Thankfully, a vibrant online community of doctors and therapists, teachers and parents, is constantly sharing knowledge, expertise and personal experiences. You can connect to many of those resources here — from blog posts and news articles to medical reports and personal stories. Together, we’ll help you find the answers you need.
An incredible blog about Meriah Nichols and her daughter Moxie. Meriah also has compiled an awesome catalog of blogs related to Down syndrome, categorized by range of needs and interests.
A series of short films about the relationship between two sisters. Inspiring, funny and poignant, this series has been especially impactful for new parents and families that are just beginning to explore a Down syndrome diagnosis.
Through short, one-minute videos, Noah's parents are telling his story and showing the world that every child should be celebrated. The site also provides resources and information about all things Down syndrome.
"She is what my life was meant to be." This blog, written through a mother's eyes, helps us put into words what so many of us feel at the very start and throughout the beginning steps of this journey.
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Answered by our local guru on guiding children in the way they should go. If you have any questions, Lisa may have some helpful tips and tricks you haven't tried yet --- just ASK LISA
Lisa Spurlock works at Siskin Children's Institute in Chattanooga, TN.
Lisa Spurlock grew up in Chattanooga relocating from Wichita Falls, Texas with her family after her father retired from the USAF. Lisa began her career as a Physical Therapist Assistant in 1985 and joined Children’s Hospital @ Erlanger in 1988 where she remains employed. Lisa joined the staff at Chattanooga State Community College in 1994 as adjunct faculty in the Physical Therapy Assistant Program where she continues to fulfill the pediatric section of the program. CSTCC has recognized her for her pediatric expertise. Lisa has received her advanced proficiency as well as being trained in Neurodevelopment Treatment Approach. Lisa has supported children and their families in a continuum of service delivery models for the past 32 years including home visiting and working in an inclusive preschool environment. Lisa’s greatest passion is empowering families and providing them with the support they need to be the best advocate for their child. She enjoys a teaching role not only with families she serves but also teachers, teaching partners, daycare providers and other professionals providing support and strategies for children in their natural environment within the community. Lisa is a member of the RAM Group and serves on the Advisory Committee at CSTCC. She has been recognized for coordinating Training Rotations for pediatric residents, college and high school students. Lisa has been a presenter at numerous conferences throughout Tennessee. Over the span of her career, Lisa has enjoyed a variety of volunteer opportunities including camps and special activities with children of all abilities and their families. Lisa has three adult children living in Chattanooga & Tampa Florida. Her children have always been her biggest joy, and she continues to spend as much time as possible with them and their spouses.