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Raising money for our downs son Reilly to be able to get him an iPad to help with the work they are doing with him in school.

Raising money for our downs son Reilly to be able to get him an iPad to help with the work they are doing with him in school.

Reilly came into our lives early December in 2004. We had previously had a ultrasound and were aware that Reilly would be a down syndrome baby. We seemed to be overwhelmed with help from the doctors and medical teams in general. We could not have asked for more support than there was for Reilly.

It was a very slow go of it to start out and although Reilly was doing good health wise, barring some heart leak complications that healed themselves after five years, his motor skills were very poor. Thank God there were no operations needed so he is a very lucky little man. He went into Early Intervention at 18 months and was still lethargic. But things picked up after six months or so; Reilly was coming into his own. We went through spurts of progress then would hit little flat spots and then minor achievements a little at a time as he made more progress.

Reilly is now in his seventh year and splitting kindergarten and first grade each day at school. He is loved by all his classmates and has adapted to his surroundings very well but is of course not up to the level of the other kids. There is nothing but try in Reilly. He learns well and is always willing to help out and can imitate and follow others with minor direction. We are very proud of the progress that he has made in the last seven years and are very fortunate that God has placed his life in our hands.

Currently at his school they are working with the iPad and using programs with colors and words and symbols on the touch screen. He loves the iPad but does not seem to get along to well with his computer class. What we would like to do is be able to raise enough money to get him an iPad so we could work with him at home as well. There are some wonderful programs that they have been using with Reilly at school and at home it has been mostly flash cards. The iPad, we think, would help to increase his learning capabilities.

With the economy such as it is the money for a basic iPad is a little out of our reach at this time. It is a hard time for many and we understand that. We have a friend that told us of this site so here we are and this is Reilly's story in brief. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated from our whole family. Reilly is doing well and any slow down in motor skills he once had he is making up for hand over foot and you would be hard pressed to find a happier and easy going kid.

This is our wish for Reilly and again any help would be more than appreciated.
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