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A Child With Down Syndrome Can Affect Family Life A presentation by: Maria Ioakimidis Northeast High School Magnet Program
What is Down Syndrome?
Down syndrome is set of mental and physical symptoms that result from having an extra copy of Chromosome 21.
Usually we have two copies of chromosome 21
Also called trisomy 21 due to extra chromosome
Effects of Down Syndrome
Flat face with an upward slant to the eye, short neck, and abnormally shaped ears
Deep crease in the palm of the hand
Poor muscle tone, small hands and feet
Delayed language development and slow motor development.
Mental development and physical development are slower
Why Down Syndrome ?
My sister has Down Syndrome and I can explain first-hand about the family dynamics.
All families dealing with a child with the disability should be aware of the affects it has on them as a whole.
I wanted to learn more about the affect it has on families and if those affects are more negative or positive.
Effects Due to Down Syndrome
Families, and especially siblings, can often have feelings of embarrassment.
Stress is a big factor to families dealing with the difficulties of raising a child with the disability.
The needs of your Down Syndrome child are a priority, which means they are time consuming.
Many families do not take their child to seek medical attention.
A sibling being teased because of his/her brother or sister
Behavior of a Down Syndrome child impacts the social life of the family as a whole or just the siblings.
Down Syndrome and Stress
Behavioral challenges occur : running off, being stubborn, compulsiveness..etc.
Difficulty understanding their child due to the child’s poor speech skills.
Low self-help skills and higher care-giving demands cause stress to the family.
Always Running Out of Time?
Due to their cognitive development, the child requires slower paced learning, which means more amount of time needed.
Low self-help skills and higher care-giving demands requires more attention.
Can interfere with jobs : due to medical complications
More attention is given to the child with Down Syndrome instead of equally dividing the attention.
Down Syndrome Round Up
Awareness of the disability and its affects are ignored by many people.
There seem to be more negative than positive affects on family life.
The negative affects out weight the positive ones and require critical attention.
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