Down syndrome is a genetic chromosome 21 disorder causing developmental and intellectual delays
Down Syndrome cannot be cured. However, early treatment can help many people with Down Syndrome to live productive lives well into adulthood. Children with Down Syndrome can often benefit from speech therapy, occupational therapy, and exercises to help improve their motor skills.
Down syndrome cannot be prevented. It is a genetic abnormality that happens spontaneously. A pregnant woman's diet or activities have no bearing on it. Although a woman of any age can have a baby with Down syndrome, there is a link between the probability of having a child with Down syndrome and the age of the mother
A free appropriate public education (FAPE) requires that students receive special education and related services that meet their unique needs.Related services are transportation, and such developmental, corrective, and other supportive services (including speech-language pathology and audiology services, interpreting services, psychological services, physical and occupational therapy).
NDSS has a network of more than 375 affiliates. In addition to having support group meetings, most affiliates offer a wide range of programs and services for individuals with Down syndrome and their families, such as sibling workshops, expert-speaker presentations, early intervention programs, social activities and events to raise public awareness. Support group membership can provide benefits to you and your family now and in the future, so we encourage you to contact your local group and explore this option
Down syndrome is a congenital disorder that is caused by an extra chromosome, giving the person 47 in total instead of 46
Kids with Down syndrome tend to share certain physical features such as a flat facial profile, an upward slant to the eyes, small ears, and a protruding tongue. Low muscle tone (called hypotonia) is also characteristic of children with DS, and babies in particular may seem especially floppy. With the extra chromosome it causes the child to develop mentally and and physically slower than usual.