It’s common for parents of babies with Down syndrome to experience shock, sadness and fear over the unknowns of raising a child who has intellectual and developmental disabilities. Serious health problems can add to the panic; about half of all children born with Down syndrome have heart defects.
What are the challenges of Down syndrome?
Having Down syndrome also increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Other problems. Down syndrome may also be associated with other health conditions, including endocrine problems, dental problems, seizures, ear infections, and hearing and vision problems.
What challenges do children with Down syndrome face?
Some of the specific learning difficulties that characterize many children with Down syndrome include: Hearing and vision weakness. Fine motor skill impairment due to low muscle tone. Weak auditory memory.
What’s it like to raise a child with Down syndrome?
In many important ways, children who have Down syndrome are very much like other children. They have the same moods and emotions, they like to learn new things, play, and enjoy life. You can help your child develop by providing as many chances as possible for him or her to do these things.
What does it take to raise a child with Down syndrome?
Give your child chores around the house. Just break them up into small steps and be patient. Have your child play with other kids who do and don’t have Down syndrome. Keep your expectations high as your child tries and learns new things.
What are the limitations of a person with Down syndrome?
Severe heart problems may lead to early death. People with Down syndrome have an increased risk for certain types of leukemia, which can also cause early death. The level of intellectual disability varies, but is usually moderate. Adults with Down syndrome have an increased risk for dementia.
How does Down syndrome affect a childs learning?
People with Down syndrome generally take longer to learn new things. New skills may need to be broken down into smaller steps than for other learners and more repetition may be needed to retain learned skills.
How do you deal with someone with Down syndrome?
- do not talk down to people with Down’s syndrome – treat them like anyone their age.
- do not just talk to parents or carers, talk directly to people with Down’s syndrome.
- do not use outdated and offensive language when talking to people with Down’s syndrome – see the Down’s Syndrome Association language guide.
How does Down syndrome affect parents?
Like any child, those children with Down syndrome in cohesive and harmonious families were also less likely to have behavior problems and more likely to have higher levels of functioning. Mothers expressing poor relationships with the child and family were more likely to have high stress scores.
How does Down syndrome affect quality of life?
Children with Down syndrome have a higher incidence of infection, respiratory, vision and hearing problems as well as thyroid and other medical conditions. However, with appropriate medical care most children and adults with Down syndrome can lead healthy lives.
How does a child with Down syndrome behave?
For example, children with Down syndrome show higher rates (than typically developing children) of attention problems, social withdrawal, noncompliance, and compulsions (such as arranging objects and repeating certain actions)[2,3], as well as high rates of self-talk.
How do schools deal with Down syndrome children?
How Do You Accommodate Students With Down Syndrome?
- First, always speak directly to the student, using clear, receptive language and short sentences.
- Place a strong emphasis on visual learning when teaching reading to students with Down syndrome. Think visual demonstrations, pictures, and illustrations.
What happens to Down syndrome adults?
People with Down syndrome also tend to get age-related health problems earlier than others. This includes dementia, memory loss, and problems with judgment or changes in personality that are similar to Alzheimer’s disease.