Fabio was born on June 7, 1991. Three days later the parents were told that he had a genetic disorder known as ‘Trisomy 21′ or ‘Down Syndrome’. The first few weeks were very hard and scary. Fortunately, Fabio had no typical Down Syndrome medical problems. He had just an extremely low muscle tone.
At the age of two months, the parents started with physiotherapy and once a week, an early intervention therapist worked with Fabio at home. At the age of 5 years, Fabio entered the local Kindergarten and spent two years, supported once a week by his early intervention therapist, playing and learning with ‘normal’ children.
After that Fabio gone to a school for special need children where he got all the necessary therapies. In Switzerland special need children are not being included in schools as in the United States or in many other European countries. There is still a long way to go and many fights to fight for our special need children.
From the very beginning, the parents loved their special little boy very much. Fabio has two sisters, Tanja born in 1989 and Elena born in 1994 and they count it such a blessing to have Fabio in their family. Fabio taught them a lot about love and what is really important in life.