Who supports people with Down syndrome?
The Downs Syndrome Association is the only organisation in the country focusing solely on all aspects of living successfully with Down’s syndrome. The nationwide charity has over 20,000 members and provides a range of information, advice and support to help people with Down’s syndrome, their families and professionals.
How do you talk to someone with Down syndrome?
How to Talk About Down Syndrome
- People with Down syndrome should always be referred to as people first.
- Instead of “a Down syndrome child,” it should be “a child with Down syndrome.” Also avoid “Down’s child” and describing the condition as “Down’s,” as in, “He has Down’s.”
How do adults with Down syndrome communicate?
The vast majority of adults with Down syndrome use speech to communicate.
Do Down syndrome adults need care?
Adults with Down syndrome have the same basic health care needs as typically developed people, including health screening and prevention. Immunization schedules are the same. Screening for hypertension and heart disease, and disease surveillance are no different.
What happens to adults with Down syndrome?
As adults with Down syndrome grow older, there is increased risk of experiencing certain common mental health disorders like depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and behavioral disturbances. A sudden or abrupt change in mood or behavior patterns warrants further investigation.
What are the needs of someone with Down syndrome?
Children with Down syndrome have delays in speech and motor skills, and may need help with self-care, such as dressing and grooming. Medical problems associated with Down syndrome can vary widely from child to child. While some kids and teens need a lot of medical attention, others lead healthy lives.
How does Down syndrome affect a person’s daily life?
Some babies are born with a condition called Down syndrome. Kids with Down syndrome often have medical problems and trouble learning. But many can go to regular schools, make friends, enjoy life, and get jobs when they’re older.
What is included in the ongoing care of patients with Down syndrome?
This may include assistive devices, surgery, drug therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and recreational therapy. They may also need hearing and vision aids.
How does Down syndrome affect a family?
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.