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

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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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nonmember avatar Sophia

So many of these comments are so ignorant and hateful, everything this video tries to speak against. So do yourself a favor and watch it again and really pay attention, ignoring that you find flash cards annoying or that, before the video, you already possessed great prejudices against children and adults with special needs. Comment not what you thought before but what you learned after.

nonmember avatar sarah

This video touched me deeply. My daughter is 2 and was born with down syndrome and she even resembles Maddox (pigtails and all). My daughter means everything to me and everyone who meets her calls her a little superstar. I believe that she can do anything she wants in her life..she knows how to count to 5, knows all her colours and is already saying three word sentences. She doesn't have DS..she's just Emma. She makes me so proud as I am sure Maddox's mommy is too!

nonmember avatar LoveSpecialKids

Keep up the good work Jamie!!! Maddox is adorable! You can see her spirit and joy just shining through. She is lucky to have such a wonderful mom! I love the "Gambling Problem" theme. A lot of thought was put into this video to really make people think about how anyone could have a Special Needs child come into their lives. Jamie is finding her way through all of the trials that come with it in the most positive way that she can.
It can't be easy and she obviously wants to make a difference in both Maddox' life and in the world.
The people who came one this blog and posted all the negative comments are only proving here point.
Although my family has no Special Needs members, we have always been involved in caring for people with disabilities. My auntie fostered DS kids as far back as I can remember. My mom drove a Special Needs bus. I work with Blind and Developmentally Disabled as does my son. My sister works with DD adults. I cannot remember a time when I was not around Special Needs. They are so Joyful! One of my favorite people is the world is a woman who is 56 years old, totally blind and has the mind of a 6 year old. She is very proud of herself because she can dress and match all the colors of her jewelry. She always asks for me when she comes to events at our agency. She holds my hand and tells me how much she loves me. What could be better!
Open your hearts people - There is so much Joy to be found.

nonmember avatar me

I had heard that at least 50% of Down's babies are miscarried. I never knew it was as high as 70 or 80% are miscarried. Down's babies are true miracles and should be treated as the true gifts that they are. I'm 40 and my husband and I are trying to conceive our 2nd child. If we had a Down's baby, I would be grateful for the miraculous gift that God trusted us with.

nonmember avatar Melanie

To think that ANYONE would call anyone with special needs hurtful names in this day and age is just disgusting. To call them to a child is so horrible I can't explain. I'm sure the name callers are all just perfect......

nonmember avatar Josie Awtry

I am a Mom who has a child with a disability. After numerous visits to hearing Doctors and Audiologists, she was diagnosed with a severe hearing loss and fit with hearing aides.
We were advised to enroll her in a school for the deaf. Trusting our instincts, we had her mainstreamed in public school. This meant years of speech therapy.

She worked hard in elementary, middle and high school. She participated in plays, softball, basketball, drill teams, dance team and was a cheerleader in college. This young lady decided to help children with disabilities. She traveled 1,000 miles from us. It was one of the hardest days of our life. It was time to spread her wings. Would she be able to hear someone knocking at her door at night, hear a fire alarm go off and would everyone she met be kind to her.
She applied and was accepted into the Occupational Therapy Program. She studied hard, sat up front so she could read the teachers lips and audio taped the seminars to replay later.
She is now a Doctor of O. T.
We are proud of her. She wants every child with a disability to be given the same chance she had. And she's doing just that. Compassion, Courageous, Kind, Fun, Loving and Dedicated.
Every parent is there child's most fierce advocate. We ALL have the same thing in common, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
Jamie..... We couldn't be more proud of you and your amazing
daughter you are raising. God blessed both of you.

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