Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Instant S&R

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Instant S&R

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Undiagnosed

[S] I have a 20-month-old daughter with severe delays. She has a heart defect, uncoordinated swallowing (she is fed via a G-tube), growth deficiency, short limbs, simian crease (a single crease across the palm) on right palm, reflux, and neurological issues. All tests, including chromosome tests, have come back normal. We would love to know more about her future.

Amy, via the EP Web site

Undiagnosed

[R] I have a 9-year-old daughter who is severely mentally impaired. She functions at about the level of a 2-year-old. At birth, she had several defects including: cleft palate, missing thumbs on both hands, chromosome translocation (portions of the chromosome are broken and attach to other chromosomes) of 1 and 16, heart defects, feeding disorder, and gastroesophageal reflux disease. She has some hearing loss, but even so is hypersensitive to sound. She is tactile defensive. She also had the simian crease in both hands. At 4 months of age, she had her cleft palate repaired. At 7 months, she had her index fingers turned into thumbs (they look and work wonderfully well! …

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