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My child has Down syndrome. What are some tips for helping them at school?

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To help a child with Down syndrome at school, you might:

  • Avoid saying, “That’s wrong” to correct mistakes. Instead, say, “Try it again.”
  • As you work with doctors, therapists, and teachers, focus on your child’s needs rather than on the condition.
  • Work your child’s lessons into your home life.
  • When you talk to your child, keep it simple -- the fewer steps, the better.
  • Have your child repeat directions so you know you’ve been understood. Talk about things your child gets excited about.

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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