Having a Child with Down Syndrome, Part XXXVIII: The Disney Machine

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Day 26 of 31 for 21.

If you have a any child, you’re going to be exposed to the machinery of Disney.  With Alice, it’s even more so.  She got hooked into princesses and has never really let go.  This can be frustrating at times because most of her peers are past that stage by and large.  Still, there are some big upsides too.
Alice and Cinderella
for example, Alice loves to read and reread books about princesses.  I knew that when we went to see Brave that I could take Alice to a book store right after and find a book that was at or slightly above her level based on Brave and that Alice would have automatic incentive to try to read.  Once we read through the book, I picked a set of words that she was interested in and had some trouble reading and I wrote them on 3×5 cards and tucked them in the book and practiced them for sight words.  She quickly added “highlands” “archery”, and “Mor’du to her sight words.  Making reading authentic and personal is a key element to literacy and that is a big aid in getting to independence.

2 thoughts on “Having a Child with Down Syndrome, Part XXXVIII: The Disney Machine

  1. Jen

    Yay! (about the reading, the teacher in me).

    Henry was hooked on the Wiggles about three years longer than any of his peers, if that helps put things in perspective. 🙂


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