World Downs Syndrome Day – March 21, 2017 is a very special day for many parents and their special children. Salutations to the parents of these children who have loved them, taken care of them and made them happy children.
With the right support, people born with Down syndrome are living longer and fuller lives today, thanks to advances in medical care and an increased understanding of the potential these individuals have to excel in areas that were previously considered to be beyond their abilities. In particular, educational research aimed at understanding early developmental milestones has revealed that teaching children with Down syndrome to read can lead to greater spoken language gains at a younger age, a preference for reading as a leisure activity later on in life and an enhanced ability to participate in school activities.
People with Down syndrome are capable of the same range of emotions as everyone else. They are talented, strong and loving and many receive the educational and career training they need to live independently and lead rich lives as part of their local community.
As doctors, we make a treatment plan that meets your growing child’s needs. For example, most children with Down syndrome need speech therapy and physical therapy. Teens and adults with Down syndrome may need occupational therapy to learn job skills and learn how to live on their own. Counselling may help with social skills and emotional issues.
Remember every parent is vital to their child’s success.