Down syndrome can affect learning abilities in different ways, but it usually causes mild to moderate intellectual impairment. Children with Down syndrome have delays in speech and motor skills, and may need help with self-care, such as dressing and grooming.
What abilities do people with Down syndrome have?
Some of the specific learning strengths that characterize many children with Down syndrome include:
- A distinct preference for visual learning.
- High capacity for empathy and social understanding.
- Strong visual short-term memory.
- Steady vocabulary acquisition.
- Age-appropriate self-help and daily living skills.
Does Down syndrome affect mental ability?
Older school age children and adolescents, as well as young adults with Down syndrome with better language and communication and cognitive skills presenting with increased vulnerability to: Depression, social withdrawal, diminished interests and coping skills. Generalized anxiety. Obsessive compulsive behaviors.
Are people with Down syndrome clever?
Julia Kinder (JK): The biggest misconceptions are that people with Down syndrome cannot learn or understand, and that they have low intelligence. I.Q. scores for people with Down syndrome vary, with the average cognitive delays being mild to moderate, not severe. In fact, normal intelligence is possible.
Do people with Down syndrome have any advantages?
The “Down syndrome advantage” is the popular conception that children with Down syndrome are easier to rear than children with other developmental disabilities.
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.
Why is Down syndrome not curable?
Down syndrome is a random occurrence in nature. It has no cure or prevention measures. Down syndrome is not a disease, disorder, defect or medical condition and therefore does not require treatment, prevention or a cure.
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.
Can Down syndrome be prevented?
There’s no way to prevent Down syndrome. If you’re at high risk of having a child with Down syndrome or you already have one child with Down syndrome, you may want to consult a genetic counselor before becoming pregnant. A genetic counselor can help you understand your chances of having a child with Down syndrome.