Coxsackie mom's daughter inspires book about tolerance and inclusion

Elaine Houston & WNYT Staff
Updated: February 27, 2020 07:55 PM
Created: February 27, 2020 07:46 PM

A Coxsackie mom wants to help kids learn a lesson about tolerance and inclusion.

It stems from her beautiful relationship with her daughter - a daughter she says has many qualities to share with others if they will embrace her - despite the fact she's just a little different.


Perri Welch loves reading and dancing. The 5-year-old girl was the apple of her parents' eye when she was born. However, it wasn't long after she was born that her parents noticed something was wrong.

At 6 months old, she wasn't sitting up.

Many doctors' visits later, they still weren't any closer to knowing what was wrong with Perri.

Eventually, doctors said it was cerebral palsy, until Perri developed some new symptoms. That's when she was diagnosed with FOXP1 syndrome. The rare disease is marked by developmental delays and autism-like behaviors.

Her mom, Erin Murphy Welch, was concerned how others would treat her precious little girl, so she wrote an inspirational poem telling Perri how special she was, and asking her other kids to embrace the differences in people.

The poem eventually became a children's book called "Little Bluebird."

Meet both Erin and Perri, by watching the video of Elaine Houston's story.

MORE INFORMATION: "Little Bluebird" Erin Murphy Welch

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