DUNLAP, Ill.– A local mom of three boys says having a son with Down Syndrome has opened up her family to the importance of inclusion.
Through therapy programs at Easterseals, Trisha Romero says she’s impressed with her son’s progress.
“He’s opened our eyes to a whole new world with his extra chromosome and just meeting people in the community and across the world really that are in this with us,” said Romero.
Trisha Romero found out at 10 weeks pregnant that her youngest son, Cruz, would be born with Down Syndrome. In the afternoon, Cruz plays with his mom and one of his therapists from Easterseals.
“Cruz is getting physical therapy twice a month and then he gets occupational therapy once a month.”
Through these therapies, Cruz has been able to hold items he couldn’t before and will soon learn how to dress himself. Romero says it’s the message of inclusion that Central Illinois should pay attention to.
“Times have changed. Just because a child has Down Syndrome doesn’t mean that they should be shuffled off to the side. I think that they should be included. They can live a really rich life. I want him to be included as he goes to school, I don’t want people just to see him and shy away because he might look a little bit different. I want people to realize he’s more alike than different.”Trisha Romero, Cruz’s mother
Cruz has most of his therapy sessions at home. Romero says she and her husband didn’t think twice about not going with Easterseals.
“Easterseals is a well known organization in the Peoria area so when I was given the option… (we’re doing our services through early intervention) so when we saw the list of therapists I really kind of drawn to the Easterseals [program] just based on their reputation.”
Romero strives to help spread the message of Easterseals, comprehensive health and wellness.
“I can tell that they really care about they kids that they work with and we’ve been really happy with our services.”
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