New Book Tells Heartwarming Story of a Boy with Down Syndrome

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Author Janice Credit Houska writes about a mother who bares her soul after finding out her son has Down Syndrome and the grief, pain and guilt that follow

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“For the Love of Matthew: Growing up with Down syndrome” begins in the labor room where there is every reason to believe this child who is ready to come in to this world will have a bright future. When their son Matthew is born at only 4 pounds, 11 ozs, they are thrilled to hear everything is fine.. Happiness abounds until the next day when a doctor tells the parents he suspects their baby boy has Down syndrome.

What follows is an anguish only a parent who has been through this would understand. Grief, guilt and anger is followed by a determination to make things right. Matthew’s mother’s believed her son could learn anything (despite being told there was little hope for Matthew’s future) and set out to prove the experts wrong. Her methods are outlined in the story which included mountains of word cards and a constant flow of stimulation. He was reading a few words at age 3 and by age ten, he was learning to play the piano.

Matthews’s story tells of the hills and valleys one encounters in daily life, in school and the community when one is living with a disability. You will share with Matthew the anguish at the death of a cherished grandmother and the devastation that comes having a grandfather with Alzheimer’ as well as other tragedies that dot his young life.

The story tells of his experiences from pre-school to high school and how he and his parents coped with prejudices from people who just would not give him a chance to try something new. His talent in music is realized and by the time he is seventeen he is playing the piano, guitar, harmonica and xylophone.

“Matt Houska: Ability Not Disability” released this year continues Matt’s life from school into the work place and beyond. His music business takes him to Kansas City where he was presented the National Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2007. He struggles to be accepted as an able member of society but whenever he is given the chance to prove himself he puts everything into it to succeed.

Heartwarming, sad and inspirational, Matt will show you another side of Down syndrome that helps dispel the myths that put limitations on people such as Matthew.

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For the Love of Matthew * by Janice Credit Houska
Growing up with Down Syndrome
Publication Date: February 28, 2012
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 212 pages; 978-1-4691-4163-3
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 212 pages; 978-1-4691-4164-0
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4691-4165-7

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