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Smart Parenting: How To Deal With Down Syndrome

disabilities in Austin TexasDown syndrome is a medical condition that many people are aware of, but not always understood. The person suffering from it has a distinct appearance and may have challenges with cognitive development, speech and even in general movement. Because of these, the lesser-informed public may look at a child with Down syndrome as someone “less” by default.

The situation above makes it challenging for parents to deal with Down syndrome kids. To help deal with a child suffering from Down syndrome, consider the following suggestions:

Start with acceptance. Some parents deny it to themselves and to other people that their child has Down syndrome. This is a defensive reaction against the possible ridicule of other people, but is not a very helpful behavior as denial won’t change anything with the perception of people regarding Down’s. Accepting that the child has the said condition will make it easier for everyone to adjust to the situation.

Talk it out. Bottling up your emotions and queries will not make it better. Talk to your spouse and your family members about the situation, so that you may all make the necessary adjustment to accommodate a Down syndrome child in the family. It is also important to consult a pediatrician who is a specialist with this disease so you can get professional advice on raising your child properly and you will be informed of the challenges and medical concerns in the future.

Arm yourself with information. The more you know about the congenital disease, the more you’ll be able to understand people that suffer from it. The more you are aware of how it will affect your child, the more you can prepare yourself and your household.

Treat the child like other children. Children with Down syndrome may have special needs, but that doesn’t mean that they have to be treated differently. It’s common for children with special needs to feel like they can be normal and not be treated like they’re going to break every time. Parental behavior will affect the child’s perception of herself, so showing that you feel sorry about his condition may cause the child to pity himself.

Amy C. Fountain is a work from home mom who likes to help fellow parents gain better insight to their kids’ behavior. She is also an interior designer who maintains some websites that help homemakers decorate their homes with Japanese Bamboo Fountains and Accent Tables.

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