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My child has Down syndrome. How can I help them feel in control of their life?

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It’s important for kids to feel like they have some control over their lives. To help with that:

  • Let your child make choices when it makes sense to. This can be as simple as letting them choose clothes to wear.
  • Allow reasonable risks. You need to protect your child, but you also should let them see what they can handle.
  • Support problem-solving, like how to deal with an issue with friends or approach a problem at school. Don’t fix it for them, but do help them do it themselves.

SOURCES:

KidsHealth: “Down Syndrome,” “Support for Parents of Kids with Special Needs.”

Office on Women’s Health: “Parenting a Child with a Disability.”

Mayo Clinic: “Down Syndrome.”

National Down Syndrome Society: “Finding Support.”

Neurological and Physical Abilitation Center: “Helpful Tips for Parents of Children with Down Syndromes.”

Children’s Boston Hospital, The Development Medicine Center: “Behavior and Down Syndrome: A Practical Guide for Parents.”

Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center: “Tips for Teaching Students with Down Syndrome.”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Down’s Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 07, 2019

SOURCES:

KidsHealth: “Down Syndrome,” “Support for Parents of Kids with Special Needs.”

Office on Women’s Health: “Parenting a Child with a Disability.”

Mayo Clinic: “Down Syndrome.”

National Down Syndrome Society: “Finding Support.”

Neurological and Physical Abilitation Center: “Helpful Tips for Parents of Children with Down Syndromes.”

Children’s Boston Hospital, The Development Medicine Center: “Behavior and Down Syndrome: A Practical Guide for Parents.”

Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center: “Tips for Teaching Students with Down Syndrome.”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Down’s Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 07, 2019

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