Sophie has Down syndrome. That means that growing up, she had developmental delays. Still, she’s been mainstreamed in public school—and she can do a lot of the same activities as her peers. She loves drama, cheerleading, and swimming.
Sophie’s 13 now, and recently went through puberty. Which, unlike most middle-schoolers, she embraced wholeheartedly. She loves the body changes, the makeup. She loves having a boyfriend (pictured below, on Halloween).
But Sophie’s mom, Amy, feels torn about Sophie becoming a woman. Because Amy knows that Sophie’s mind will never quite catch up with her body. Amy actually wrote a book about this—and about what it’s been like to raise a daughter with Down Syndrome. It’s called My Heart Can’t Even Believe It: A Story of Science, Love, and Down Syndrome.
Tune in to hear Amy talk about what it’s like to have a daughter get her period, when she still sucks her thumb. And a few thoughts from Sophie herself!
Resources for Raising Kids with Down Syndrome
The National Down Syndrome Society has articles and webinars for new and expectant parents of kids with Down syndrome all the way up through puberty, transition times, and adulthood.
How did puberty throw YOU for a loop?
This could be your kid’s, or your own! Was there an inopportune time you got your period? A particularly misguided fashion choice? Share below!