Delayed language development and slow motor development.
Mental development and physical development are slower </li></li></ul><li>Why Down Syndrome ?<br /><ul><li>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.</li></li></ul><li>Effects Due to Down Syndrome<br /><ul><li>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.</li></li></ul><li>Feeling Embarrassed?<br /><ul><li> 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.</li></li></ul><li>Down Syndrome and Stress<br /><ul><li> 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.</li></li></ul><li>Always Running Out of Time?<br /><ul><li> 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.</li></li></ul><li>Down Syndrome Round Up<br /><ul><li>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.</li></li></ul><li>Works Cited<br />“Effect on Family Life.”Care.com.n.d.Web. 29 Dec 2010.http://www.care.com/special-needs-effect-on-family-life-p1167-q227936.html#the%20effect%20 needs%20 on %20 families.<br />“ Family Issues.” National Down Syndrome Society. York and Chapel, 2010. Web. 1 Jan, 2011.http://www.ndss.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article7id=72&limitstart=17.<br />Saenz, RB “Caring for a baby who has Down Syndrome.” Familydoctor.org. American Academy of family physicians, 1999. Web. 4 Jan, 2011. http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/children/parents/special/birth/339.html#article parts middle column.<br />
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