I don't want all of Hailey's activities to be 100% with children with special needs. That isn't a true representation of the outside world. However, I don't want Hailey to think she is the only one that has Down syndrome or is "different" (yes, I hate that word to describe this, but at the moment, I can't come up with another word to explain it).
Up until now, most of Hailey's activities have been all "typical". The boys' sports, swim lessons, etc. We have participated in a few events with our local Down syndrome group, but not a bunch so far. I would like Hailey to participate in a few of the sports organizations that the boys have participated in, but I am well aware, there may be a point that we may want to consider a different route. We were approached this past weekend at the grocery store, for Hailey (when she gets a little older) to join a special needs cheer/dance team. I haven't decided how I feel about that yet. It's a little early to form an opinion on it, but I guess I am glad that I know it is an option.
I have always been curious about the Special Olympics, but have never known where to start. A member of one of our Ds groups posted a message about the Young Athletes Program (for ages 2-4) with the Special Olympics starting a session this past week. I didn't know much about it, but thought it might be a good experience for all of us. I signed her up and when the night came, I had both boys with me also. I thought they would moan and groan when we got there. There was a lot of dancing, jumping, and singing. They were awesome big brothers (maybe a little rowdy), but they participated and worked with Hailey and didn't bat an eyelash. I love those two :-) Hailey seemed to enjoy it, but in true toddler form, didn't always listen and did her own thing :-)
So...bottom line....we will probably find a happy medium with Hailey's activities. I would like her to have a broad range of friends. I'm sure we will find a balance between the two that works for her and our family.
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