Cutie With Down Syndrome Will Change How You See Special Needs (VIDEO)


Maddox McClinticI'm a sucker for cute kids. Who isn't, right? But a little girl named Maddox McClintic is more than just your everyday adorable toddler. The 2-year-old with Down syndrome is quickly becoming the best reminder to the world that special needs kids are more than their diagnosis.

A clever (and now viral) video made by Maddox's mom, Jamie, specifically to teach a lesson to people who call her little girl a mongoloid or retard is striking a nerve with the special needs community. Through the now popular YouTube trick of flashing cards at the screen, Jamie McClintic explains that everything people assume about her daughter is wrong.

The video is too powerful not to share, but first, pop quiz time: when you hear the words "Down syndrome," what do you picture? A child with upward slanting eyes and a flattened nose? A child with diminished mental capacity? Or do you just picture a person? Period? Get ready to have your mind changed.

It's hard to say it better than that. Although the words on the McClintic family's website do it pretty well: "I am just like any other child, I am not fragile, I like to laugh, play, cry, and have all the same feelings, emotions, and desire for acceptance that you do. "

Trying to lump kids into one group because of their diagnosis is a pervasive problem in the special needs community, and it stretches much farther than any of us would expect. Last week when I shared a story right here on The Stir about a mother whose son has autism, I heard many moms of children on the spectrum voice frustrations with school districts that fail to realize that autism affects every kid differently!

If school professionals supposedly trained to work with kids don't know, the chance that these kids can get a fair shake from the general public is slim to none. And yet, that's why videos like the McClintic's are so important to share, why seeing Maddox's beautiful little face behind those words is so impactful. We need to start looking at these kids as just that: kids. Beautiful, wonderful, unique kids.

Tell us about the special needs kid in your life. What makes them so special TO YOU?


Image via McClintic Family/YouTube

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Nani22 Nani22

The first comments by Kritika & Nonmember comment from Fanny need to just shut the Fu** Up!!!  This was a beautiful video by two beautiful people.  And i dont even know them personally.  They were making  a point, its called Awareness!!!!  People need to shut up and listen, or in this case watch!!!  There is a point!!!   As the first pic shows, "Just because my face and body is shaped different doesent mean my hopes and dreams are any different"  People look at an outer physique and make judgements about people, doctors even look at other aspects and make judgements, and people can overcome the negative things.  It takes hard work sometimes but anything is possible.  Hear their cry, be aware!!!

lindy... lindylouwho

I can't believe people still call people with down syndrome retards and mongoloids.  How disgusting.  I went to school with a boy with DS.  Sweetest kid you would ever meet.  I was his history tutor.  His mom invited all his tutors to his graduation party and guess what?  I was the only one who showed.  I was disgusted with my fellow classmates.  He was over the moon to see me.  Even more excited when I gave him his gift - Star Wars figurines (he never stopped talking about Star Wars).  

nonmember avatar krystal

awesome little girl

ArmyW... ArmyWife8297

what a cute little girl 

fave82 fave82

Fanny... I've never seen anyone have a name fit so well.. BEAUTIFUL VIDEO! BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYES!

theon... theonlyone433

My eldest son, Christopher, is 29 years old and will turn 30 on Feb. 9. He has lived with Autism all of his life! I know that kids in school were cruel to him and taunted him and that broke my heart. I would alway tell him that he was my brave Jedi Knight...that would make him happy since he liked Star Wars. As he got older I told him that he is my MAGNUM OPUS. He is the greatest thing I will ever do in life.


He is special because he has climbed over all of the negative things "educators" gave as a prognosis for his future. Here are a couple;

1. He will never finish high school, much less go to college.

2. He will never have a job and will have to live in a group home.

1 Chris graduated from high school in 2000 along with everyone else his age. Chris attends junior college and will graduate this summer.

2. Chris has been employed at the same movie theater since he was 17 years old. He also acts in plays in our local theater...The Sunshine Brooks!! 

3. Chris lives in a group home....the group of people he lives with are his Dad, Mom and brand new baby brother.

I am very proud of him because despite all of the things people have said about his future...he proves them wrong. He is a very special and sweet, thoughtful, kind and caring young man and he is extremely special to me!!

Sidne... SidneeBlogs

Hmmmm -- unfortunately, I guess I missed the point too.  Society didn't cause this cute little girl to have Downs Syndrome so why does the Mom start blaming society already?  Good grief -- the child is only 2.   My little God-son has autism and he communicates in sign language as well, but it is clear that this little girl did not know what was going on.  Face it -- there will be challenges.  Don't start pointing fingers already.  Perhaps this is part of the healing process for the mom,.

Jenniy Jenniy

That little girl is beautiful!

I hope that one day everyone will see my little guy for who he is, not the little boy with the delays in the wheelchair. 

My son was born with Joubert Syndrome, Complete Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum and Multiple Grey Matter Heterotopia.  He's is 4 and the happiest little guy I know.  I was told he'd never walk, talk, crawl, feed himself, sit up, etc.  He's been crawling for a year, sitting up on his own for almost 2 years and is feeding himself finger foods.   He's doing things his doctors said he'd never do, and he's doing them on his own timetable, he'll probably never live on his own, however he's very VERY much loved for who he is and what he can do.

nonmember avatar Emily-Ann

All the hate on this makes me sick. Since when is raising awareness considered "exploiting" a child? This video is beautiful. The little girl is beautiful. And the mother is a beautiful person for wanting to make the world a better place for her daughter. You have no idea what this child is going to endure as she gets older if people don't learn to accept people who are born with handicaps. Do you really want this lovely, bright child to have to go through life being called "retard" and shunned by her peers, never knowing why she isn't "normal"? It's all caused by ignorance. That can change.

ladyl... ladylovemm

This was sooooo cute.  Thank you, mom, for sharing your angel with us.

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