Local mother writes children’s book about special needs inclusion

By: 
Mike Mallow, mmallow@montgomerymnnews.com

Taylor Hindermann holds her son, Kip, at their home in Montgomery. Kip is the subject of a new children’s book about special needs inclusion that needs Kickstarter funds still to be published. (Mike Mallow photo)

When Montgomery resident Taylor Hindermann was pregnant with her youngest son, doctors informed her that her son would have medical challenges.

Kip Hindermann was diagnosed with fetal ascites when Taylor was 18 weeks pregnant. He was born with gastrointestinal issues and a malformed abdomen. These issues also affected his mobility.

“He was taken into therapy early because they thought that he wouldn’t be able to walk or crawl on time,” Taylor said. “He needed to strengthen his core so that he could help hold himself up to sit, and then to crawl and then to walk.”

As a result, Kip needs to wear supportive braces on his feet to keep himself steady. The hardware, at first, garnered a lot of questions from the community.

“A lot of people asked us about his braces, and his mobility and his hemet,” Taylor said. “Because he’s just so unstable. He has to have those different things to be safe.”

The questions inspired Taylor to write a children’s book about special needs inclusion.

The result is a story titled “Kip’s Funny Little Feet.” It is a story of determination and self-acceptance.

To see more on this story pick up the December 21, 2023 print edition of the Montgomery Messenger. 

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