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Educating Children on Down Syndrome Awareness


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Here is a presentation for Down Syndrome Awareness Month that I did for my son's second grade class. Helping children to be more compassionate of others only helps to bring better awareness and inclusion of children with special needs or disabilities.

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Educating Children on Down Syndrome Awareness

  1. 1. Down Syndrome Awareness
  2. 2. Hi I’m Jacob, I am 8 years old and I was born with Down Syndrome.  Did you know that I have 1 extra chromosome  No you can’t catch Down Syndrome from me  Sometimes I get tired in class  There are times I get upset, and don’t know how to express how I feel, so I hit but I don’t mean it  I’m happy that Mrs. Gault and Mrs. Heeren help me during school ……….Mommy will explain why
  3. 3. Down syndrome (Trisomy 21) is a chromosomal abnormality where children are born with three copies of the 21st chromosome. Down syndrome occurs when an individual has three, rather than two, copies of the 21st chromosome. This additional genetic material alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down syndrome.
  4. 4. People with Down syndrome may look a little different
  5. 5. Some may have health problems. They learn things slower than you.
  6. 6. When Jacob was born he was having trouble breathing and eating. So him and I took a ride in an ambulance to a big hospital in Chicago, where he had a shunt put in to help him get stronger for his big surgery when he was 6 months old. Here is Jacob doing physical therapy to get stronger.
  7. 7. When Jacob was 6 months old he had open heart surgery to repair issues he had with his heart when he was born.
  8. 8. Halloween Loves Barney Springbreak Halloween Playing
  9. 9. Jacob does a lot of therapy He has hypotonia low muscle tone causing lower muscle strength
  10. 10. Jacob likes to do sports
  11. 11. Jacob Loves To Travel Cancun Disney Jamaica New Jersey
  12. 12. Met Coach Kelly - ND In a toy magazine Met Governor In a gallery show Jacob is kind of famous
  13. 13. Jacob likes to be with his friends
  14. 14. Jacob is just like you!