Crestview mom: Life with Benjamin 'not that different than life with a typical child'

Published: Monday, October 21, 2013 at 18:44 PM.

When Benji reaches 3 years old, he'll enter school at the same time as Logan, though he'll be in a special needs program. It will "help him stay in line with his intellectual and physical development," Stefanie said.

However, having a child with Down syndrome is no burden, Stefanie and Chris stress. Life remains a typical family's whirlwind of activity, including runny noses, trips to the zoo and shopping.

"We really plan to raise him with the same discipline and the same love," Stefanie said. "There will be the same consistency at home."

The Sheas are putting together a team for the National Down Syndrome Society’s Buddy Walk, which is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26  at Walton County High School in DeFuniak Springs.

 "We have our own team registered for the Buddy Walk," Stefanie said. "It's called Bennie and Jets. We are very excited."

Potential donors, supporters or new team members can call Stefanie Shea, 902-2313, for more information.

Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Brian Hughes at 850-682-6524 or brianh@crestviewbulletin.com. Follow him on Twitter @cnbBrian.



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