Adrian and Kathy Bailey with their children Lachlan and Grace.
Adrian and Kathy Bailey with their children Lachlan and Grace. Chris Ison

'Just like any other kids'

ROCKHAMPTON'S Gracey and Lachie Bailey are just like any other kids.

They love to play with toys, learn new things and socialise - and having fun is always at the top of the list of things to do in their busy little lives.

“They have brought so much fun and joy into our lives,” the Down syndrome sibling's mum Kathy said during an interview with The Morning Bulletin this week.

Lachlan, 4½, who is a social butterfly, has a very limited vocal language, hearing problems and has special sensory needs.

Grace, three, is shy and she needs to feel safe and secure. She was born very small and needed constant oxygen through a mask until she was 18 months old. She also had open-heart surgery four months ago.

But despite this, the bubbly pair have the most colourful personalities and kind natures.

Kathy, who is a full-time stay-at-home mum, has been the regional representative of the Down Syndrome Association of Queensland since Lachlan was nine months old.

The 42-year-old mother of six said Down Syndrome Awareness Week, which starts today and goes to October 18, was an opportunity to show the public that Down syndrome children were just like regular kids.

“They (Lachlan and Grace) have the funniest little natures. I don't know what we would do without them,” Kathy said.

Kathy has organised a family morning tea on Sunday, October 18 as part of Down Syndrome Awareness Week at the Botanic Gardens at 10am to catch up with other parents who have children with Down syndrome.

Everyone is welcome.

All Kathy asks is those who wish to attend bring along some morning tea to share, drinks for your family and meet at the swings.

Down syndrome is a chromosomal anomaly and in most cases it is caused by an extra copy of chromosome 21 being present in all of the body's cells.

For more information on the morning tea, contact Kathy on 0402 519 656.



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