This post is to celebrate Kennedy's continuing great achievements in middle school. Her tenacity, great attitude, and willingness to try hard at school is just a testament to what an amazing person she is. There is, however, another reason why I'm writing. It is because of so-called professionals who are ignorant about CHARGE syndrome giving out bad information to families who have young babies or children with a recent diagnosis.
Twice this week, there were messages on the CHARGE listserv about bad information. The most recent was that a hearing specialist told a mother of a 13 month old girl that most people with CHARGE never talk and that they don't progress cognitively beyond the infant stage. As the parent of a child with CHARGE, I was so offended; I can only imagine what individuals with CHARGE think about comments like this. Those of you who know me can imagine my response to this: I was outraged!!! I gave the mom a lengthy response but I'm just so offended when "professionals" give out information like this to parents when, in fact, they really haven't done a modicum of research on the topic. I asked this parent to ask the hearing specialist where she got that information; I'd love to see the reaction on that.
This just really underscores the need for more public awareness about and more accurate information out there about CHARGE syndrome so no parent has to hear ridiculous prognoses like this. In that vein, I will post these 2 tests that Kennedy has taken in Health on the male reproductive system and on puberty changes between males & females. The first shows how she had to learn to accurately identify all parts of the male reproductive system; the second is deciphering which puberty changes occur in both females and males. She had to read and do these independently. I challenge most men to accurately label their own reproductive system and Kennedy worked very hard to study and did great, scoring A+ on both. Secondly, I will leave a link to our 2nd Annual Charge It for CHARGE campaign, which helps support the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation and its mandate to help families, assist research, and provide (correct) information to professionals about CHARGE. If you would consider making a donation to our family donation page, it would be greatly appreciated.
*Note: You can click on either of these photos to enlarge them.
Male Reproductive System Test (she also knows what each part does; that test is next Friday):
Puberty Changes: Male & Female (read and identify which occur in both):
Click here for our 'Charge It for CHARGE' Team Donation Page - Thank you for your consideration of this worthy cause.