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Retarded isn’t stupid Mom

;I am capable;, a quote from the mentally retarded Nicole Kaufman to her mother, could have been an alternate title for the book, ;Retarded Isn;t Stupid, Mom;. Nicole was a very resilient girl right from the beginning.Rarely did she fail to achieve what she set out to achieve. It wasn;t always the simplest and quickest of processes but somehow, someway she would get it done.Nicole;s drive and ambitions were something to be desired by anyone. Sandra Kaufman, author and mother of Nicole, expressed her family;s frustration with Nicole but at the same time commended and proved that Nicole;s family couldn;t be prouder after seeing all that she had accomplished.
Dancing in the ballet and teaching operations of armored tanks, were not professions that Sandra and Matt Kaufman had gone into to prepare themselves for parenting a child with mental retardation. After meeting in Los Angeles, then being shipped to the Panama Canal Zone, Matt and Sandra decided to make an addition to their family. Theirfirst daughter Nicole was born in 1955. ;Is she all right;, escaped the mouth of Sandra just seconds after Nicole was brought into the world. It was a routine question. One could say it was even the anesthesia talking because it had never entered Sandra;s mind that her baby would not be 100% healthy.There was, however, some room for concern since Nicole, who was a full term baby, only weighed 4 lbs and 7 ounces.The countless hours of crying and tantrums that came from Nicole for the next 2 years or so were thought of as just the normal noisiness of having a baby. It was in fact Matt and Sandra;sfirst child. They were new parents not quite knowing the ropes of parenting yet.There was more than just an obsessive amount of crying though. Nicole didn;t seem to be developing at a rate that Matt and Sandra could be comfortable with. This led to denial; some babi…

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