Down Syndrome - Home Treatment
Keep encouraging your child to learn, socialize, and be physically active. Here are some tips:
- Be involved with your
child's education. Most children who have Down syndrome can
be included in a regular classroom. Your child may need an adapted curriculum
and may sometimes attend special classes.
- Know that your child has a legal right to education. These laws also protect your rights as a parent to
be fully informed about or to challenge educational decisions concerning your
- Be active with your child. This will help your child feel better, whether or not he or she has weight problems. To learn more, see:
Adolescents and teens
Socially, teens who have Down
syndrome have the same needs as everyone else. Most will want to date,
socialize, and form intimate relationships. You can help your child develop healthy relationships by teaching appropriate social skills and behavior. Peer
self-esteem are affected by how well your preteen or
teen addresses these issues.
Here are some tips:
- As your child
puberty, teach proper
grooming and hygiene.
- Encourage your child to take part in school and community activities.
Teens usually graduate from high school,
unless their disabilities are severe. Provide opportunities for your child to form healthy friendships. This is critical for your
child's happiness and sense of belonging.
- Be aware of the
social difficulties and vulnerabilities your child
faces. Start early to prepare your child for healthy adult relationships and the possibility of an intimate relationship.
- Teach respect for his or her body and the
bodies of others.
- Talk openly about your morals and
sex education that is honest and presented in a way that your child can
understand. Talk about the reproductive and intimate aspects of
birth control methods and safer sex practices to
sexually transmitted infections.
During your child's teen years, you may also want to start planning for your child's future jobs and living
arrangements. Many people who have Down syndrome live
independently as adults in group homes or apartments with support services. But
most group homes and community centers require a basic level of
self-sufficiency, such as being able to eat, dress, and bathe independently.
Vocational training helps many young adults learn how
to work in many settings, such as stores, restaurants, and