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My child has Down syndrome. What are some everyday parenting tips?

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Like most children, kids with Down syndrome tend to do well with routine. They also respond better to positive support than discipline. Try these tips:

  • Give your child household chores. Break them into small steps, and be patient.
  • Have your child play with other kids who do and don’t have Down syndrome.
  • Keep your expectations high as your child tries and learns new things.
  • Make time to play, read, have fun, and go out together.
  • Support your child in doing day-to-day tasks on his own.

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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