Joshua is 15 years old and a real "couch potato"! He has Down Syndrome and has to be the biggest wrestling fan in the world.
He will sit and watch wrestling for hours, he knows every wrestler there ever was and he can imitate them all...whether it's Gorgeous George or Stone Cold! He also has a large collection of Disney and other videos which he has memorized so completely that he can act out every part of the movies. His memory is terrific! And he is a natural born actor. He loves being the center of attention and will stand in front of a mirror practicing expressions and poses as long as I let him. Joshua also has other interests such as swimming and fishing,which is the perfect sport for him! He loves going to watch baseball, basketball, and soccer games and of course....wrestling matches! He loves all types of music and enjoys looking at books, and he will do ANYTHING to get a smiley face sticker!
So here's one for being YOU Josh!
At this time he is going to two schools. He goes to one three days a week to learn the usual school things and to an apartment setting the other two days where he is learning life skills such as cooking, cleaning, and laundry. This school takes the kids on alot of outings to places such as restuarants, where they practice ordering food, and supermarkets, so they can learn about shopping and handling money. He really loves school and gets very upset when he misses a day! I wish the other kids felt that way!
In a few more years he will be ready to enter a supervised work environment. Although this makes me nervous, I will still be glad to see him take this step towards independance and adulthood. Just like any other child Joshua deserves every chance he can get to lead a healthy, productive life. He is a great kid and I love him alot!
If you would like to learn more about Down Syndrome I have included some links for you. Also you will find some links to sites that Josh likes! Yes, He knows how to use the computer too!!
Sorry there are no pictures,but I don't have a scanner! Maybe someday.......
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