Mother writes book for daughter with Down syndrome

An NYPD officer from Long Island is also the author of a book inclusive to parents and children dealing with the effects Down syndrome.

News 12 Staff

Mar 21, 2022, 9:57 PM

Updated 742 days ago

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An NYPD officer from Long Island is also the author of a book inclusive to parents and children dealing with the effects Down syndrome.
Jessica Ardolino's idea started when she watched her eldest daughter Haydeen try to teach her younger sister Olivia, who has Down syndrome, sign language.
"She couldn't do it correctly and…I just got inspired watching them to write a little story," Ardolino says
The story would become "Outstanding Olivia Says I Love You," based on her own daughter learning to say "I love you" in sign language.
It's a picture book and a sign language book because that is how Olivia communicates.
Ardolino says a lot of children don't learn sign language, and the book teaches children how people with Down syndrome are a little different.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 6,000 babies are born with Down syndrome in the United States a year.
Ardolino says the experience has inspired her to write more books and she has an idea for the next one.
"I honestly was thinking Olivia loves animals, and she signs all the animals that live at the farm so that's kind of where I was thinking," Ardolino says. "Olivia goes to the farm."
Ardolino says the process of writing, finding someone to illustrates and then publish took around four months.
"It's exciting, I'm just glad I have it for her and I love that is resembles the kids," Ardolino says.
"Outstanding Olivia Says I Love You" is selling for $10 on Amazon.


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