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  • 1. A Child With Down Syndrome Can Affect Family Life
    A presentation by: Maria Ioakimidis
    Northeast High School
    Magnet Program
  • 2. What is Down Syndrome?
    • Down syndrome is set of mental and physical symptoms that result from having an extra copy of Chromosome 21.
    • 3. Usually we have two copies of chromosome 21
    • 4. 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
    • 5. Deep crease in the palm of the hand
    • 6. Poor muscle tone, small hands and feet
    • 7. Delayed language development and slow motor development.
    • 8. 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.
    • 9. All families dealing with a child with the disability should be aware of the affects it has on them as a whole.
    • 10. 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.
    • 11. Stress is a big factor to families dealing with the difficulties of raising a child with the disability.
    • 12. The needs of your Down Syndrome child are a priority, which means they are time consuming.
  • Feeling Embarrassed?
    • Many families do not take their child to seek medical attention.
    • 13. A sibling being teased because of his/her brother or sister
    • 14. 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.
    • 15. Difficulty understanding their child due to the child’s poor speech skills.
    • 16. 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.
    • 17. Low self-help skills and higher care-giving demands requires more attention.
    • 18. Can interfere with jobs : due to medical complications
    • 19. 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.
    • 20. There seem to be more negative than positive affects on family life.
    • 21. The negative affects out weight the positive ones and require critical attention.
  • Works Cited
    “Effect on Family Life.” 29 Dec 2010. needs%20 on %20 families.
    “ Family Issues.” National Down Syndrome Society. York and Chapel, 2010. Web. 1 Jan, 2011.
    Saenz, RB “Caring for a baby who has Down Syndrome.” American Academy of family physicians, 1999. Web. 4 Jan, 2011. parts middle column.