Mother South Setauket writes book for daughter with Down syndrome

A Long Island NYPD officer is also the author of a book for parents and children dealing with the effects of Down syndrome.

Jessica Ardolino’s idea started when she saw her eldest daughter Haydeen try to teach her younger sister Olivia, who has Down syndrome, sign language.

“She couldn’t do it right and…I got inspired when I looked at them to write a little story,” says Ardolino

The story would become ‘Outstanding Olivia Says I Love You’, based on her own daughter learning to say ‘I love you’ in sign language.

It’s a picture book and a sign language book, because that’s how Olivia communicates.

Ardolino says many kids don’t learn sign language, and the book teaches kids how people with Down syndrome are a little different.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 6,000 babies are born with Down syndrome each year in the United States.

Ardoline says the experience has inspired her to write more books and she has an idea for the next.

“I really thought Olivia likes animals, and she draws all the animals that live on the farm, so that’s sort of what I was thinking about,” Ardolino says. “Olivia is going to the farm.”

Ardolino says the process of writing, finding someone to illustrate, and then publishing took about four months.

“It’s exciting, I’m just glad I got it for her and I love that it’s like the kids,” Ardolino says.

“Outstanding Olivia Says I Love You” sells for $10 on Amazon.

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Mother South Setauket writes book for daughter with Down syndrome

A Long Island NYPD officer is also the author of a book for parents and children dealing with the effects of Down syndrome.

Jessica Ardolino’s idea started when she saw her eldest daughter Haydeen try to teach her younger sister Olivia, who has Down syndrome, sign language.

“She couldn’t do it right and…I got inspired when I looked at them to write a little story,” says Ardolino

The story would become ‘Outstanding Olivia Says I Love You’, based on her own daughter learning to say ‘I love you’ in sign language.

It’s a picture book and a sign language book, because that’s how Olivia communicates.

Ardolino says many kids don’t learn sign language, and the book teaches kids how people with Down syndrome are a little different.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 6,000 babies are born with Down syndrome each year in the United States.

Ardoline says the experience has inspired her to write more books and she has an idea for the next one.

“I really thought Olivia likes animals, and she draws all the animals that live on the farm, so that’s sort of what I was thinking about,” Ardolino says. “Olivia is going to the farm.”

Ardolino says the process of writing, finding someone to illustrate, and then publishing took about four months.

“It’s exciting, I’m just glad I got it for her and I love that it’s like the kids,” Ardolino says.

“Outstanding Olivia Says I Love You” sells for $10 on Amazon.

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