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Seth’s 6th Birthday and progress report

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Seth had a great first year of kindergarten. Despite being younger than most of his classmates and having special needs associated with Down syndrome, he was fully included in his class. He was taken out for some more individualized work for about 45 minutes in the morning and 45 minutes in the afternoon. Other than that, he was participating with the rest of his typically developing classmates.

Seth and Moriah

Seth and one of his favorite friends, Moriah, at the school square dance

We were quite anxious about the whole process but the teachers and aides were so helpful in making the transition. We are very thankful, because this has not always been the experience of other families we’ve spoken with at other schools. Seth is repeating kindergarten again this year, and thankfully he has the same teacher as last year. She has given us several encouraging notes talking about how much more Seth is participating and verbalizing in his first few weeks. Maybe all that speech therapy, tutoring and prayer are moving the needle. We are so excited to see all of his progress. We know he’s understanding and communicating much better, but sometimes you love to hear others affirm that progress.

For Seth’s birthday, we hosted a large group of folks from church and some from his school in early May. We are so thankful for Seth and how God has used him in such an awesome way in his first six years. Enjoy the video:


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3 Responses to “Seth’s 6th Birthday and progress report”

  1. Kym Duckworth September 19, 2014 at 11:19 pm #

    I didn’t realize how much Ella looks like you, Joel until this video!! Beautiful child and the best big sister possible!!

    • Joel September 20, 2014 at 7:46 am #

      I like to think she favors me. She is a beauty despite that.

  2. Lori Latham September 20, 2014 at 9:10 am #

    Time flies, can’t believe it’s already been six years with Seth! love seeing these updates! Love you guys and miss you much!

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