Every child with the Down syndrome is unique and and may possess these characteristics to different degrees.
Children with the syndrome are at a high risk for certain medical conditions such as congenital heart defects, respiratory and hearing problems, childhood leukemia and thyroid conditions. Since most of these conditions can be treated, most people with DS lead healthy lives.
It is not a disease or an illness. It is a naturally occurring genetic variation that can occur in any race or ethnicity. The chance of having a child with Down syndrome increases with the age of the mother, particularly for women over the age of 35.
There is no cure for this disorder but early interventions, educational support, and medical care can significantly improve the quality of life and well-being of individuals with the condition. With proper support and opportunities, many people with it lead fulfilling lives and make valuable contributions to their families and communities.
The additional genetic material leads to certain physical and cognitive characteristics, though the specific features and their severity can vary widely from person to person. It’s important to promote inclusivity and understanding to ensure that individuals with Down syndrome are treated with dignity and respect, and their rights and opportunities are upheld in society.
Cognitive development is often affected, leading to intellectual disabilities, which can range from mild to moderate. However, it’s essential to remember that every person with Down syndrome is unique, and they can achieve varying levels of independence and development.
In this video course you will learn:
- What is Down syndrome?
- What causes it?
- What effect does Down syndrome have?
- A child’s developmental needs (characteristics strengths and weakness)
- Emotional support for parents
- Multidisciplinary approach for support
- Strategies for home and school
- Early intervention
- Visual supports
- Speech and language practical activities
- Behaviour and communication
- Assistive technology
- Teaching strategies