Heath had a vision of how his perfect family was supposed to be. Heath had always grown up being successful in everything he did, and he expected his kids to be successful in the same way.
When life threw Heath and his wife a curve ball, they were scared and didn’t know how to accept a child with Down’s syndrome – both of them felt like they had lost a baby. However, as the dad and daughter developed a relationship and became a team, Heath’s perspective on life and a ‘perfect family/child’ changed. From the beginning, the initial conditions of Paisley’s birth determined the outcome. Heath went through the Cycle of Learning — perceiving, processing, applying, and changing. By the end of the film, he changed his outlook on life and saw his daughter’s down syndrome as a positive light instead of a burden.