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Posted by on Apr 12, 2009 in Physician's Resources |

Team up with SMILE

Dear Health Care Professional:

The birth of a child with Down syndrome can be an emotional and confusing time for new parents. When parents are told that their new baby has Down syndrome, it is not unusual for them to have feelings of sadness and disappointment, as well as anxiety about the future.

S.M.I.L.E. on Down Syndrome is a recognized 501c3 organization committed to spreading awareness and educating its members and the general public about all issues associated with Down syndrome. We can be a valuable part of your team in providing care to these patients. We provide the following services:

Accurate and Current Written Materials about Down Syndrome for New or Expectant Parents

Our packet for new parents contains information about local resources, health care guidelines, and articles, SMILE newsletters about upcoming programs and meetings, national Down syndrome organizations.

Mentoring and Emotional Support

Upon diagnosis, with permission from the parent, from the SMILE parent network group will visit the family to drop off written materials and answer questions. We host several meetings throughout the year to ensure parents are well-informed on relevant issues. (Medical guidelines, financial assistance, discipline issues, therapies and early interventions, advocacy and education)

Emergency or Crisis Intervention

SMILE can assist with financial crises and provide other resource information.

Continuing Training

SMILE is available to provide educational opportunities regarding Down syndrome to parents and professionals at various times and events throughout each year

On Line Physician Resource Guide

We post the most current accurate information on our web site. You can download information and be connected to sites pertaining to your patients needs.

Thank you very much for your assistance. We look forward to working with your team to provide the greatest quality of care to families caring for a member with Down syndrome. Please do not hesitate to contact me at 812-925-6839 or nina@smileondownsyndrome.org.


Sincerely,

Nina Fuller

Executive Director

S.M.I.L.E. on Down Syndrome