How Do You Discipline A Child With Down Syndrome?

What are the challenges of raising a child with Down syndrome?

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 is life like with a Down syndrome child?

At one time, most kids with Down syndrome did not live past childhood. Many would often become sick from infections. Others would die from their heart problems or other problems they had at birth. Today, most of these health problems can be treated and most kids who have it will grow into adulthood.

How does having a child with Down syndrome affect the family?

The experience and knowledge gained by having a sibling with Down syndrome also seems to make children more accepting and appreciative of differences. They tend to be more aware of the difficulties others might be going through, and often surprise parents and others with their wisdom, insight and empathy.

What are the behaviors of Down syndrome?

The most common mental health concerns include: general anxiety, repetitive and obsessive-compulsive behaviors; oppositional, impulsive, and inattentive behaviors; sleep related difficulties; depression; autism spectrum conditions; and neuropsychological problems characterized by progressive loss of cognitive skills.

Can someone with Down syndrome have normal intelligence?

I.Q. scores for people with Down syndrome vary, with the average cognitive delays being mild to moderate, not severe. In fact, normal intelligence is possible. If a person with Down syndrome has difficulty with hearing, it can be misinterpreted as a problem with understanding.

How do schools deal with Down syndrome children?

  • 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.
  • How can families help a child with Down syndrome?

    One of the best ways to meet other parents is to get involved in a local Down syndrome parent support group. These groups can provide you with an excellent forum for sharing your feelings and concerns as a new parent, and an opportunity to learn from the experiences of others who have been in your shoes.

    What are the 3 types of Down syndrome?

    There are three types of Down syndrome:

  • Trisomy 21. This is by far the most common type, where every cell in the body has three copies of chromosome 21 instead of two.
  • Translocation Down syndrome. In this type, each cell has part of an extra chromosome 21, or an entirely extra one.
  • Mosaic Down syndrome.
  • How do kids get Down syndrome?

    Down syndrome is a genetic disorder caused when abnormal cell division results in an extra full or partial copy of chromosome 21. This extra genetic material causes the developmental changes and physical features of Down syndrome.

    Do Down syndrome babies cry differently?

    Just like any baby, infants who have Down syndrome will sometimes be fussy. The temperament of a baby with Down syndrome is not usually any different from the temperament of any other baby.

    At what age does a child with Down syndrome talk?

    Typically, these children have a much harder time learning to talk (expressive language) than with understanding what they hear (receptive language). On average, children with Down syndrome start using words around 16 months of age—about 6 months later than other children.

    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.

    Does Jamie Oliver have Down syndrome?

    Oliver has severe dyslexia, and read his first novel (Catching Fire) in 2013, at the age of 38.

    How do I know if my child has mosaic Down syndrome?

    How is Mosaicism Diagnosed? The usual way in which mosaic Down syndrome is discovered is through genetic testing of the baby's blood. Typically, 20 to 25 cells are examined. If some of the cells have trisomy 21 and some don't, then the diagnosis of mosaicism is made.

    Why parents that do not have Down syndrome can have a child with Down syndrome?

    Sometimes, a parent who does not have Down syndrome may carry a translocation in chromosome 21 that can be passed on to children and cause Down syndrome. Studying the parents' chromosomes can reveal whether this is the cause of the syndrome.

    What is the mental age of a person with Down syndrome?

    The average IQ of a young adult with Down syndrome is 50, equivalent to the mental ability of an eight- or nine-year-old child, but this can vary widely. The parents of the affected individual are usually genetically normal.

    Does Down syndrome affect personality?

    Evidence that children with Down syndrome exhibit relatively few behavior problems and higher levels of adaptive behavior may also contribute to the stereotype of a positive Down syndrome personality.

    Can 2 Down syndrome parents have a normal child?

    Any couple can have a baby with Down's syndrome, but it is well known that older women are more likely to have a baby with the condition than younger women.

    What is the average IQ for a person with Down syndrome?

    The average IQ for the standard Down syndrome group may be 52, but again some children will score 70 or more and some 40 or less.

    Can Down syndrome be cured?

    Down syndrome cannot be cured. Early treatment programs can help improve skills. They may include speech, physical, occupational, and/or educational therapy. With support and treatment, many people with Down syndrome live happy, productive lives.

    Could Down syndrome have been prevented?

    Down syndrome can't be prevented, but parents can take steps that may reduce the risk. The older the mother, the higher the risk of having a baby with Down syndrome. Women can reduce the risk of Down syndrome by giving birth before age 35.

    What organizations help Down syndrome?

    There are four national Down syndrome organizations in the United States: Global Down Syndrome Foundation, National Down Syndrome Congress, National Down Syndrome Society, and Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action.

    What should you not tell a parent of a Down syndrome child?

    10 Things You Should Never Say to a Mother of a Child with Down Syndrome

  • Nothing.
  • "You only get given what you can handle."
  • See also: 9 Things Never to Say to a Parent of a Special Needs Child.
  • "He/she is God's gift."
  • "I could never handle what you handle."
  • See also: 9 Things Never to Say to Working Moms.
  • The "R" word.
  • Are children with Down syndrome aggressive?

    It has been speculated that there is a personality/behavioural phenotype among people with Down's syndrome, although research has been inconclusive. There is little evidence to support severe psychotic disturbance and aggressive behaviours being common in the Down's syndrome population.

    What resources are available for children with Down syndrome?

    10 helpful Down syndrome resources

  • National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC)
  • National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS)
  • International Mosaic Down Syndrome Association (IMDSA)
  • National Association for Down Syndrome (NADS)
  • Down Syndrome Resource Foundation (DSRF)
  • The Arc.
  • Association for Children with Down Syndrome (ACDS)
  • Uno Mas!
  • Who is most likely to get Downs?

    Causes and Risk Factors

    One factor that increases the risk for having a baby with Down syndrome is the mother's age. Women who are 35 years or older when they become pregnant are more likely to have a pregnancy affected by Down syndrome than women who become pregnant at a younger age.

    Can Down syndrome girls conceive?

    Reality: It's true that a person with Down syndrome may have significant challenges in rearing a child. But women who have Down syndrome are fertile and can give birth to children. According to older studies, that are being reinvestigated, men with Down syndrome are infertile.

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    People with Down syndrome all look the same. There are certain physical characteristics that can occur. People with Down syndrome can have all of them or none. A person with Down syndrome will always look more like his or her close family than someone else with the condition.

    The most common mental health concerns include: general anxiety, repetitive and obsessive-compulsive behaviors; oppositional, impulsive, and inattentive behaviors; sleep related difficulties; depression; autism spectrum conditions; and neuropsychological problems characterized by progressive loss of cognitive skills.