"For the Love of Matthew" Growing Up With Down Syndrome

by Janice Credit Houska



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/16/2002

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x8
Page Count : 200
ISBN : 9781553951711
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 1
ISBN : 9781426968273

About the Book

The story of Matthew begins in the labor room when he is born at just 4 pounds 10 ounces. Happiness abounds until the next day, a doctor tells the parents he suspects Matthew has Down syndrome.

What follows is an anguish that only a parent who has been through this would understand. The process of grieving for the loss of a normal child is followed day by day until the determination to make things right takes the place of guilt, sadness and anger. Matthew's mother's determination and belief that her son could learn anything (even though the doctors gave the parents little hope for Matthew abilities to learn or even being able to take care of himself) proved 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 his first few words at three years old and by the time he was ten he was playing the piano. Matthew's story tells of the hills and valleys one encounters in daily life, in school and in the community. You will share with Matthew the anguish at the death of a cherished grandmother, a dear grandfather with alzhiemers and many other tragedies that dot his young life. The story tells of his experiences in school, from preschool to high school, which is a mixture of highs and lows. His talent in music is realized and by the time he is seventeen, he is playing the piano,harmonica, xylophone and guitar. Heartwarming, sad, funny and a must for parents who are facing similar challenges.

About the Author

A native of Shirley, Massachusetts, Ms. Houska moved to Fordville, ND with her husband, La Vere Potulny in 1967. They had two sons, Clint and Todd, and after receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Dakota, she taught first and second grade in Fordville for five years. Mr. Potulny was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident in 1983.

She is now living in Grafton, ND with her second husband, Ron Houska and their son Matthew who was born with Down syndrome. She has become an advocate for children with Down syndrome and speaks on their behalf and corresponds with parents, caregivers and educators on the subject. She is currently a substitute teacher and is working on a sequel to For the Love of Matthew which will be published in 2011.

Ms. Houska has written four published children's books under the name Janice Credit Potulny.