Wednesday, January 11, 2012

America's Supernanny: Child With Down Syndrome Keeps Leaving House On His Own

Deborah Tillman walked into a pretty tough and scary situation with the Fitzgerald family on "America's Supernanny" (Tue., 9 p.m. EST On Lifetime). She found a father who was so preoccupied with his congregation at church that he was almost an absentee parent. That left stay-at-home mom Jenny completely overwhelmed and feeling defeated at home with four kids.
To make matters more complicated, the Fitzgerald's 8-year old son Garrett has Down syndrome, and Jenny had never really learned how best to communicate and work with her special-needs son.
Tillman was particularly disturbed when she discovered that Garrett has a tendency to run out of the house and head off down the street completely unsupervised. She implemented some visual communication techniques for both Garrett and Jenny, and wrangled Dad into being more involved at home to help get the family headed in the right direction. The changes left Jenny feeling better about herself and her role in her family's life.
Follow Deborah Tillman to new families each week on "America's Supernanny," Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EST on Lifetime.

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