Families come together for World Downs Syndrome Day

YOUNG Eli Brumby and Hugo Reeve are rocking their extra chromosomes.

CHEEKY: Ahead of World Down Syndrome Day on Tuesday Jayne Brumby with son Eli, 2, and Sharon Reeve with son Hugo, 1, say their bright and bubbly boys are typical toddlers. Photo: Amy Paton

CHEEKY: Ahead of World Down Syndrome Day on Tuesday Jayne Brumby with son Eli, 2, and Sharon Reeve with son Hugo, 1, say their bright and bubbly boys are typical toddlers. Photo: Amy Paton

With World Down Syndrome Day on Tuesday the boys’ mothers, Jayne Brumby and Sharon Reeve, said they had far more similarities than differences with other children.

“Eli is cheeky, he’s very determined and very inquisitive,” Ms Brumby said.

“They’re typical toddlers. Our kids are more like other kids than different from them. They just want to play, have fun and be included.”

The children go to Mpower’s weekly playgroup which Ms Reeve said provided fantastic support. “It just gives the kids a chance to interact with each other and I guess it’s like minded mothers in the same boat,” she said.

NDIS services manager Lousie Jellie said there was strong evidence to support the importance of early childhood intervention. She said there was also good evidence on the value of play for small children and the sooner families were connected to services the better the outcomes.

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