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Daddy Blogger Documents Son's Therapy, Raises Awareness for Down Syndrome

Blog Follows Story of Family Treated at Our Children’s House at Baylor

The story of one of our littlest patients is getting national attention. Daddy blogger Rick Smith is raising awareness about Down Syndrome on his blog NoahsDad.com, a video and picture blog about his son Noah who was born with Down syndrome. Regular blog posts follow Noah’s pediatric therapy sessions at Our Children's House at Baylor (OCH).

Noah's dad writes, "We created this website to tell the story of our son Noah's life via daily one minute videos. We wanted to give the world a look into what life is liking raising a child born with Down syndrome and thought video would be a great way to do it."

Post Goes Viral: Target Is ‘Down’ With Down Syndrome

One recent blog post praised a Target ad featuring a child model with Down syndrome and is getting national attention. The story of the Target ad as well as the NoahsDad post has gone viral, spreading through the media and resulting in the post receiving more than 18,000 Facebook likes, more than 3,200 tweets and 280 comments.

The blog post even garnered attention on national news sites like ABCnews.com and TimeMagazine.com. Rick shared the news with Noah's therapy team at OCH in a recent e-mail:

 "I hope this exposure shows parents how much Noah's therapy is a part of our life. Not just during his 4 weekly 30 minute appointments, but every day of our life. It's important and we are intentional about it. I hope parents worldwide see how important therapy is to their child's development. They owe it to their children to give them resources to grow and develop."

Noah's Therapy at Our Children's House at Baylor

"Our family can't thank you guys enough for the role you've played in our life. You guys were some of the first people on our lives, during the scariest part of our lives, when we were new to all of this," he writes as he thanks Noah's therapy team.

In the blog, Noah's Dad often shares his son's milestones thru videos of physical therapy sessions at OCH. He even shares exercises to help other parents of children with Down syndrome. 

Recent posts include:
3 Activities To Do Before Your Child Takes Their First Steps
3 Easy Ways To Develop Your Child’s Pincer Grasp
Why Creeping and Crawling Are Important Developmental Milestones

(Photos courtesy: NoahsDad.com)


"Noah's Dad" in the News

Live Interview With Fox Los Angeles About NoahsDad.com
(KTTV-TV, Fox11)
January 13, 2012 – Target recently ran ad featuring a child with Down Syndrome. Target did not publicize it... but a blogger who has a child with Down Syndrome did. His name is Rick Smith, the man behind the blog noahsdad.com. Watch Video

Noah's Dad Working to Change Down Syndrome Attitudes
(KDFW-TV, Fox4)
January 11, 2012 – A Target ad featuring a 6-year-old boy with Down syndrome has caught the attention of the world and it’s all thanks to a North Texas dad and his blog. Rick Smith said it’s the story the world needs to hear about children with Down syndrome. Watch Video

Blog Shows Joys of Raising a Child with Down syndrome (WFAA-TV Channel 8)
January 10, 2012 – Noah Smith is an Internet star. He is the focus of a blog called "Noah's Dad" that's gone viral from Dallas to Egypt. Noah is the funny, playful, one-year-old star of the show.The photographers, editors and publishers behind it are two proud North Texans — Rick and Abbie Smith, Noah's parents. Watch Video

Boy with Down Syndrome Steals the Spotlight in Target, Nordstrom Ads
(Time Magazine Online)
January 9, 2012 — The best part? The retail companies didn't turn Ryan's casting into a publicity stunt. The move was praised on the blog Noah's Dad, which is penned by a father of a special-needs child. Read Article

Target Ad with Down Syndrome Boy Helps Dad Blogger Raise Awareness
(abcnews.com)
January 7, 2012 — A recent Target ad featuring a child model with Down syndrome is helping one dad blogger raise awareness about the chromosomal condition. This week, Rick Smith praised it on his blog, NoahsDad.com, which tells the story of the Smith's life with his son Noah, who has Down syndrome. Read Article

Target's Newest Model is an Adorable 6-year-old with Down Syndrome
(MSNBC.com)
January 7, 2012 — For all the controversy surrounding some child models, it gives us great pleasure to dote on the latest pint-size star. His name is Ryan, and he has Down syndrome. The adorable 6-year-old's latest modeling gigs included Target and Nordstrom. Daddyblogger Noah's Dad posted both of the photos, and Ryan's proud mom commented. Read Article

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