Instead of describing someone as “a Down syndrome child,” it should be “a child with Down syndrome.” This is called “person first” language and takes care to put the emphasis on a person, not a disability. Describing the condition as “Down’s”, i.e. “He has Down’s,” or a child as a “Down’s child” should also be avoided.
What to say if someone says you have Down syndrome?
The Ultimate List Of What To Say To A Friend Or Family Member Receiving A Down Syndrome Diagnosis
- Angela: You can do it!!
- Amber: You have just been blessed with a child that will always love you, amaze you every day, and never stop making your life better.
- Amie: They are one of the lucky, choosen few Blessed by God!
What should you not say to someone with Down syndrome?
10 Things You Should Never Say to a Mother of a Child with Down Syndrome
- Nothing. …
- “You only get given what you can handle.” …
- “He/she is God’s gift.” …
- “I could never handle what you handle.” …
- The “R” word. …
- “Did you get genetic testing?” …
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- “Everything happens for a reason.”
What did they call people with Down syndrome?
The obsolete medical terms Johannes idiocy, Mongolism, and Mongoloid referred to a specific type of mental deficiency, associated with the genetic disorder now known as Down syndrome. The obsolete term for a person with this syndrome was Mongolian idiot.
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.
How often is Down syndrome missed?
About eight or nine out of 10 cases of Down syndrome are detected (classified as screen positive). This means that one or two out of 10 pregnancies with Down syndrome are missed (classified as screen negative).
How do you comfort someone with Down syndrome?
- Give your child chores around the house. …
- Have your child play with other kids who do and don’t have Down syndrome.
- Keep your expectations high as your child tries and learns new things.
- Make time to play, read, have fun, and go out together.
- Support your child in doing day-to-day tasks on their own.
What it feels like to have Down syndrome?
People with Down syndrome can feel angry, sad, embarrassed or excited. In fact, rather than always being happy, people with Down syndrome are at higher risk of mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive behaviour than the general population.
How do you reverse Down syndrome?
There is no cure for Down syndrome, which is caused by the presence of an additional chromosome and results in intellectual disabilities, distinctive facial features and other health problems.