Question: What is it like having Downs syndrome?

You have probably seen people who have Down syndrome. They have certain physical features, such as a flatter face and upward slanting eyes. They may have medical problems, too, such as heart defects. Kids with Down syndrome usually have trouble learning and are slower to learn how to talk and take care of themselves.

What is it like to have a child with Down syndrome?

Path to improved development. 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.

Do people with Down syndrome feel different?

Misconception: People who have Down syndrome are always happy. Reality: People with Down syndrome are more like typical people than they are different. Everyone has feelings and moods. One recent literature review of previous studies found that people with Down syndrome are at a higher risk for depression.

Is Down syndrome hard to live with?

Its exciting, but stressful for any young adult, and can be even harder for someone with Down syndrome. That makes it important to start planning as early as possible. The Individualized Education Program (IEP) that children with Down syndrome have in public schools includes transition planning.

How does Down syndrome affect a person physically?

Children with Down Syndrome tend to have quite floppy muscles (hypotonia or low muscle tone). This makes it harder for them to move and can affect all aspects of their physical development.

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