For optimal health care, families may wish to locate a developmental pediatrician, a specialist knowledgeable about Down syndrome or a Down syndrome clinic. These specialists can work with the primary care physician.
What professionals work with Down syndrome?
Other professionals who may be involved include: The school nurse and school medical officer. The child psychologist. Welfare rights advisors.
Support available as the child is growing up
- Social workers.
- Mental handicap nurses.
What can a doctor do for someone with Down syndrome?
Medical specialists depending on the needs of the person (for example, cardiologist, endocrinologist, geneticist, hearing and eye specialists). Speech therapists to help them communicate. Physical therapists to help strengthen their muscles and improve motor skills.
What are the behaviors of Down syndrome?
The most common mental health concerns include: general anxiety, repetitive and obsessive-compulsive behaviors; oppositional, impulsive, and inattentive behaviors; sleep related difficulties; depression; autism spectrum conditions; and neuropsychological problems characterized by progressive loss of cognitive skills.
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.
Can a child with Down syndrome 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.