Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Alex Is Pretty Neat!

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Alex Is Pretty Neat!

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I have a brother named Alex. He has Down syndrome. Down syndrome is when someone looks a little different and is a little late in learning things. I can think of a lot of words to describe Alex: different, loving, and special! I am going to tell you more about Alex.

Alex is 7-years-old, even though he looks like he is younger. He was born on December 29, 1993, which is four days after Christmas. Alex is in first grade in my school. A lot of kids in my class think Alex is pretty neat. Alex knows his A,B,C's and how to count to twenty. He loves to swim, ice skate, and play baseball, too. Our yellow Labrador, Jake, is a great buddy to Alex. They are like playmates.

This summer Alex and I went to a water park with some friends. We went down the water slides and rode the go-carts. We even played miniature golf. We had a ball! We also went bowling as a family. Daddy started to teach Alex, but then he got tired. Then I tried to teach him, and he learned how to hold the ball.

Alex and I are like normal brothers and sisters because we fight sometimes. We like doing things together, and we are good friends. I think I have a better relationship with Alex than if he were nondisabled. I like that he follows me around and copies everything I do. No matter what my brother looks like, or if he has a disability, I will always love Alex just the same.

Anna, 10, and Alex live in Dalton, Massachusetts.

MOM'S TURN

According to her mother Lee Ann, Anna is very active. …

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