Downs Side Up

Fink Cards Provide Support for Parents

Once in a while, someone comes up with an idea that is supremely unique, fantastic in its simplicity and 100 fold more powerful than anything that has gone before it.

Lisa Warner had such an idea.

A Mum of 4, who describes meal times as ‘chaotic’ when her children were young, Lisa hit on the idea of a set of questions to structure their family gatherings.

Originally written on slips of paper and stuffed in a jar, these conversation starters are now printed on glossy cards (Fink Cards) in portable packs that can bring fun and important discussions into your home and workplace. Genius huh?!

When Lisa asked brilliant blogger and friend of mine, Hayley Goleniowska from Downs Side Up to write a pack designed to support new parents following a diagnosis of Down’s syndrome, she jumped at the chance.

With Hayley’s head full of memories of the emotionally challenging early days following her own daughter Natty’s diagnosis, and with goosebumps of excitement at the power of these cards to buy families quality time with their newborns, Hayley immediately sat and wrote the cards from the heart.

With questions such as ‘What were your first thoughts when you were told your baby has Down’s syndrome?”’each card is designed to prompt discussion between members of the family or within a support group setting and also with the professionals who work with families.

Watch this video below to find out more about Hayley and her work-

The prompts are designed to support parents to work through their feelings, sort fact from fiction and reach a place of acceptance.

Downs Side Up

Hayley Goleniowska is a writer and speaker, working with parents, teachers and medical professionals as well as self-advocates who have Down’s syndrome.

Her work is internationally renowned and her blog Downs Side Up has won many awards for its outstanding contribution to society.

Through her many media interviews she also hopes to gently change the public’s perceptions of the condition.

Hayley and her eldest daughter Mia have recently launched a book for children, entitled I Love You Natty: A Sibling’s Introduction to Down’s Syndrome.

Hayley brings her expertise on talking about Down’s Syndrome for New Parents to Fink Cards where she will publish a new pack to help new parents find the early years’ support they need.

Hayley is passionate about increasing the support that parents receive after unexpected news, whether that comes during pregnancy or after a baby’s birth to ease fears and offer support. 

I’m so proud of Hayley and this next, important chapter in her work.

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