Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Familiar Faces

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Familiar Faces

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Twins Mary Mae and Kristine Rowland, 3 1/2, are sharing a moment on the couch together. Mary Mae has cerebral palsy, shunted hydrocephalus, is legally blind, has a swallowing disorder (she is g-tube fed), and she cannot walk or talk. Kristine has mild cerebral palsy and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The two enjoy putting on finger puppet plays, building with blocks, watching videos, and splashing in the pool. Both girls attend a special education preschool, and live with their mother, Carol, in South Bend, IN.

Marisa Robinson, 4, is cool, calm, and collected on the countertop. Marisa was born with microcephaly (small head size), cerebral palsy, cortical blindness, and developmental delays. She loves the outdoors and going to church. One of Marisa's favorite things to do is play on the swings. She attends a special education preschool, and her mother, Lisa, says "Marisa is our angel in disguise." Marisa lives with her older brother Ricky and parents Lisa and Rick in Blythe, CA.

Bailey, 5, and Morgan Blacketer, 2, are taking time to "chill out" in the shade. Bailey has Down syndrome. She loves to go to school and ride the bus. Both girls enjoy swimming, playing on the computer, listening to music, and taking a dance class together. The sisters and their parents, Brad and Tracy, live in Tomball, TX.

These two little soldiers certainly know how to take orders. Scott and Rachelle Adrian, ages 5 1/2 and 4, posed in official army gear on Scott's 5th birthday. …

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