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Missing Genetic Pieces stragties for living with vcfs

Missing Genetic Pieces: Strategies for Living with VCFS, the Chromosome 22q11 Deletion By Sherry Baker Gomez


By Sherry Baker Gomez


Cover Design and Illustrations

 by Kas Winters


Foreword by

Dr. Robert J. Shprintzen

A book based off of Sherry Baker Gomez account of her life with her son with 22q

• A History of VCFS

• A Description of VCFS, List of 187+ Anomalies associated with 22q11 Deletion

• A list of Medical Specialists

Systems Affected: Heart, Pulmonary and Respiratory, Kidneys, Anal Anomalies, Ears, Eyes, Facial Features, Hormone Difficulties, Immune System, Dental, and Palate

Feeding and Pain Issues

Development: Developmental Issues and Stages, Newborn Conditions, Potty Training, Psychophysiology, Biofeedback, Emotional Development and Social Skills

Education: Accessing services, Individual Education Plans (IEP), Non-Verbal Learning Disorder (NVLD), Grade School Ages, I.Q. Tests scores and Neuropsychology

Speech: Speech and VCFS, Teaching Babies Sign Language, Central Auditory Processing, Fisher's Auditory List

Behavioral Problems: Behavior list and Puberty


Psychological Issues: Bipolar and Schizophrenia

The COMT Gene: Pain and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)



Housing and Group Homes

Finances and Trusts

Support Systems for Families

Stories from Families Living with VCFS

Marriage, Relationships and VCFS

Parent to Parent Talk

Parents Speak Out: Tips from Families with VCFS Children

List of Medications

Medical Dictionary

My Review:I am a adult living with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome I am also a parent to a child with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. I have a father and three siblings with 22q as well. I have to say that I found the book to be my go to suggestion for new parents of 22q to read. there isn't much on adults with the disorder but reading about another mothers struggles helped me feel like I was not the only one who had struggles in raising a child with 22q. I mentor parents and highly recommend this book because it provided incites into what moms experience and offers resources and helpful tips on how to cope with a new disgonses. I suggest this book to the parents I mentor

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