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My child has Down syndrome. What are some ideas for self-care?

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When you have a child with Down syndrome, paying attention to your own needs can help you cope. Here are a few ideas:

  • Invite others to help with caregiving.
  • Keep a list of things you need, and refer to it when help is offered.
  • Find time for friends. They help you recharge.
  • Go easy on yourself. Everyone needs a break. See a therapist if you need.
  • Take care of your health. Exercise and eat well, even when you feel burned out.

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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