Episode #039: The Joys & Challenges of Raising a Child with Down Syndrome

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Episode #39 Show Notes

Jamie Karlovits is a stay at home mom to 3 kids plus a furry one. Her daughter Emily has Down Syndrome which has added the title of Special Needs Mom to her credentials. She shares her busy and crazy life with her husband Doug. Jamie has a blog called Mindful in the Muddle where she creates awareness, connection, encouragement and joy along with a little humor. Prior to being a stay at home mom, Jamie was an event planner for corporations and associations. She received her bachelor degree in Communications from John Carroll University.

Intro and 5-Star Review

[02:00]    Introduction to Jamie (about herself, family life, history)

[09:00]    Emily’s birth, unexpected diagnosis, feelings surrounding her birth, initial resources offered

[22:40]    Emily’s strengths and challenges, the obstacles she’s overcome

[30:14]    Things Jamie does to support Emily and help her learn and grow

[34:39]   Show partners Perfect Supplements & Amazon (discount code/ links below)

[36:52]   Outside resources available to families with children w/ Down Syndrome (books, websites, Facebook groups, Instagram pages) 

[43:45]   Common misconceptions surrounding Down Syndrome, terms/language that are offensive, common stereotypes

[52:20]    How Jamie implements self-care even during trying times

[56:20]    Advice for moms of children newly diagnosed with special needs, “The Lucky Few”

[1:01:19]   How to find/connect with Jamie


Books mentioned:

Bloom by Kelle Hampton

Road Map to Holland by Jennifer Graf Groneberg

Expecting Adam by Martha Beck

Other links:

National Down Syndrome Syndrome Society www.ndss.org

Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network www.DSdiagnosisnetwork.org

Down Syndrome Center of Pittsburgh www.dsapgh.org

Jamie’s Instagram:  www.instagram.com/mindfulinthemuddle

Jamie’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/mindfulinthemuddle

Jamie’s website: www.jamiekarlovits.com

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Down Syndrome, chromosomal abnormality, genetic defects, challenges, differences, diagnosis, resources, community outreach, special needs, children, parents, moms, school, stereotypes, misconceptions, Bloom, Road Map to Holland, Expecting Adam, Pittsburgh