Lisa: There was a time when Sophie was so fearful of the water that her crying would clear out a public pool! Fortunately, she worked hard to overcome a myriad of issues (sensory, tactile, etc.) and now loves the water! Sophie’s swimming instructor Stella is currently working on helping her to master breast and free style strokes.
I object to the term “high functioning.” That’s how most people describe Sophie when they meet her. She is who she is today, not because she has a “mild” form of Down Syndrome. (She has Trisomy 21.) She is who she is because of hard work! Parents: Believe in your children. Be consistent and diligent. And remember that lack of function does NOT mean lack of potential to achieve that function!!
Sophie: I feel great when I am at the pool. Swimming is good exercise. I love my instructor Stella. She helped me learn not to be afraid in the water. Goodbye folks!