Additionally, we have found that many adults with Down syndrome rely on self-talk to vent feelings such as sadness or frustration. They think out loud in order to process daily life events. This is because their speech or cognitive impairments inhibit communication.
Does Down syndrome affect the way you talk?
They have certain physical features, such as a flatter face and upward slanting eyes. They may have medical problems, too, such as heart defects. Kids with Down syndrome usually have trouble learning and are slower to learn how to talk and take care of themselves.
Is it normal for Down syndrome to talk to themselves?
Parents of children and adults with Down syndrome have observed many of them engage in self-talk or ‘private speech’. They may use self-talk to work out situations, express inner feelings, and entertain themselves. Some reports have stressed that this behavior is not a delusion or hallucination.
Why do people with Down syndrome have a speech impediment?
Children with Down Syndrome commonly experience feeding, swallowing and speech difficulties due to anatomical and physiological differences in their mouth area. These differences include a high arched palate, small upper jaw as well as low muscle tone in the tongue and weak oral muscles.
Is Down syndrome a disability?
Down syndrome is the most frequent chromosomal cause of mild to moderate intellectual disability, and it occurs in all ethnic and economic groups. The degree of intellectual disability in people with Down syndrome varies but is usually mild to moderate.
Can a Down syndrome child look normal?
Some of the children with Mosaic Down syndrome that we know do not actually look as if they have Down syndrome – the usual physical features are not obvious. This raises some important and difficult social issues and identity issues for both parents and children, which parents have discussed with us.
Is it normal for Down syndrome people to have imaginary friends?
Thus, it is not uncommon for individuals with Down syndrome to use self-talk, either talking to themselves or talking to imaginary friends, as a method of coping and expressing inner sadness or frustration.
At what age do Down syndrome children speak?
Typically, these children have a much harder time learning to talk (expressive language) than with understanding what they hear (receptive language). On average, children with Down syndrome start using words around 16 months of age—about 6 months later than other children.
Can people with Down syndrome drive?
Many people with Down Syndrome lead independent lives, this includes being able to drive. If a person with Down syndrome can read and pass a driver’s education class and pass a road test, then they can get a driver’s license. Each case is independent and must be evaluated.
Do people with Down syndrome have dysarthria?
Children with Down syndrome who have motor speech disorder characteristics have historically been diagnosed as having childhood dysarthria. Meanwhile, symptoms of childhood apraxia of speech may have been missed based on the assumption that they coud not have both disorders.