Woodbine House is very pleased to bring you this DVD filled with adorable images of babies with Down syndrome, inspiring stories of parents, and practical information from the leading Down syndrome experts. Down Syndrome: The First 18 Months is a reassuring and realistic introduction to the unique joys and challenges that children with Down syndrome bring to their families during the critical first 18 to 24 months of life.
Videographer Will Schermerhorn was inspired to make this DVD after his son with Down syndrome was born and he observed his wife’s relentless pursuit of information that would comfort and empower. He interviewed thirteen leading medical and developmental experts on Down syndrome—including Woodbine House authors, Libby Kumin, Ph.D., CCC-SLP and Patricia C. Winders, P.T.—on a variety of issues covering:
- Newborns: diagnosis, health care, breastfeeding, heart defects
- Health Concerns: parent-professional relationships, ear, nose, and throat, nutrition and feeding, dental
- Therapies: language and speech therapy, physical therapy
- New Expectations: the impact of having a child with Down syndrome on the family and the world
Heartwarming footage of young children with Down syndrome is interspersed with interviews with parents and experts. Throughout, perspectives provided by veteran parents who share their joys and concerns will reassure new parents. Down Syndrome: The First 18 Months is an inspiring and educational DVD for parents who want to know more, and an excellent tool for support groups, medical professionals, and libraries to support families. This DVD is in English with alternate soundtracks in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Arabic.
Written, Produced, and Directed by Will Schermerhorn
Photographer and videographer Will Schermerhorn lives in Northern Virginia, and has two children, one of whom has Down syndrome. Will started Blueberry Shoes Productions LLC in 2002, combining his experience as a newspaper reporter and internet company project manager to produce videos that focus on therapeutic strategies and introduce parents to the circumstances of having children with disabilities.