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Are children with Down syndrome clumsy?

Are children with Down syndrome clumsy?

Down syndrome: It is not at all uncommon to see clumsy behavior in children with down's syndrome. ...Read more

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Dr. Kathryn Akin
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Down Syndrome (Definition)

A genetic Chromosome 21 disorder causing ...Read more


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How to train children with down syndrome?

How to train children with down syndrome?

For an assessment : of the child's developmental needs & toilet-training readiness, if < 3 yrs. old, call Pam Barton, Franklin County Help Me Grow Coordinator at (614) 227-9860. If 3-5 yrs. old, call Lynn Brannon, Director of Early Childhood Special Education at (614) 542-4106. At the same time, call (614) 355-8080 for an evaluation at the Down Syndrome Clinic, Nationwide Children's Hospital, (614) 355-8080. ...Read more

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Do kids with asperger's syndrome have problems with language?

Do kids with asperger's syndrome have problems with language?

Usually some: By definition, kids with asperger's disorder have relatively intact language ability. A child with more severe language problems would be diagnosed with a more severe autistic spectrum disorder. That being said, kids with asperger's often have difficulty maintaining "normal" conversations, regulating tone of voice, catching other people's social cues and body language, and understanding humor. ...Read more

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Tips for mentally stimulating a child with down syndrome?

Tips for mentally stimulating a child with down syndrome?

Early Intervention: Programs for infants with DS accelerate attainment of motor, communication, self-help/adaptive & cognitive skills through OT, PT, cognitive, behavioral & Speech/Language Therapy from 0-3, then Early Childhood Special Education beginning at age 3 + individual therapies, if possible. Ask teachers & therapists what skills your child has mastered, what he's ready to do next & how to motivate him. ...Read more

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How do you calm a child with asperger's syndrome down from a temper tantrum?

How do you calm a child with asperger's syndrome down from a temper tantrum?

Trial and error: Different techniques work with different children. Some techniques that parents/guardians of my patients with asperger's have had success with include hand massages and taking a bath or a shower. I suggest involvement in a support group for caregivers of autistic spectrum children for more ideas. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Which careers are out there that work with autistic and Down syndrome children?

Which careers are out there that work with autistic and Down syndrome children?

Many: Teachers, speech , physical and occupational therapists as well as medical providers and psychologists are some of the career paths that would allow you to work with special needs children. If your goal is to work with these children you just need to decide in what capacity. Do you want to be hands on providing services or have more indirect role. The possibilities are endless. ...Read more

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Can couple who both have mild Down syndrome be capable of raising children with help?

Can couple who both have mild Down syndrome be capable of raising children with help?

Doubt it would Hapn: While females with ds are capable of reproduction( with difficult pregnancies) males with few exceptions are not. For a male to be capable, i would expect him to be a partially affected mosaic ds & fertility would depend on the tissues of his body that has ds info. Having family support thru their lives is a great asset to anyone with ds or any impairment. ...Read more

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Looking for doctor's dealing with intermittent explosive disorder in adults with downs' syndrome. Numerous meds./counseling-no help. Where can we go?

Looking for doctor's dealing with intermittent explosive disorder in adults with downs' syndrome. Numerous meds./counseling-no help. Where can we go?

Tough situation: My guess is that this will require a careful look at the overall health status, current meds, and neurological examination. Adults with ds do sometimes suffer gradual neurodegeneration, which can be manifest in dysfunctional behavior. But ied may just be the way a ds individual expresses frustration about something more mundane. Look for a neurologist with training in both peds and adult medicine. ...Read more

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How often do babies with downs syndrome also have problems with vsd?

How often do babies with downs syndrome also have problems with vsd?

50%: About half of babies with down syndrome will have congenital heart disease. The majority will have atrioventricular septal defect, aka av canal or endocardial cushion defect. ...Read more

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Can kids with mild autism perform well in school?

Can kids with mild autism perform well in school?

They often can: Autism spectrum disorders are complex in terms of cognitive functioning., language, learning disorders, memory, motor and sensory disorders, executive functions, and even rarer neuropsychological factors. Even children labeled "mild" can be very different. Comprehensive neuropsychological assessment to assess these skills can be expensive, but can zero in on learning strategies and needs. ...Read more

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Do babies with Down syndrome have swallowing problems in the womb?

Do babies with Down syndrome have swallowing problems in the womb?

Not specifically: Ds infants can have any of the sporadic issues that affect non ds infants, like esophageal atresia, where the swallowing tube is not hooked up, or urinary tract defects, both of which can lead to poor amniotic fluid production. ...Read more

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Can people who are born with treacher collins syndrome, after surgeries, end up ok?

Can people who are born with treacher collins syndrome, after surgeries, end up ok?

Absolutely!: Results, both functional and esthetic will vary depending on the severity of the defects. Some treacher-collins patients do have some developmental disabilities as well as hearing and speech problems. Your best bet for advice for the long-term is being a patient in a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary cleft and craniofacial clinic. ...Read more

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Do all Down syndrome children have short stature?

Do all Down syndrome children have short stature?

Yes: Relative to the normal population. Suggest you go to CDC or magic foundation to obtain gender specific growth chart for your child. Watch his diet ! ...Read more

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What doctor specializes in children with autism, Down syndrome (with special needs). ?

Developmental peds: A developmental pediatrician specializes in developmental and behavioral problems in children, including autism, Down Syndrome, ADD and some other issues. If you are looking for a developmental pediatrician in your area, you can ask your general pediatrician for a referral or you can look on the American Academy of Pediatrics website: www.aap.org. ...Read more

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Parents with kids with aspergers, autism or tourette's, what to do?

Parents with kids with aspergers, autism or tourette's, what to do?

Sek referral to the : Child Development Unit at Children's Hospital Pittsburgh, http://www.chp.edu/CHP/Evaluation+Services+Child+Development+Unit. The Autism team is affiliated with Autism Speaks: http://www.chp.edu/CHP/autism. They will help you with all aspects of evaluation, treatment & family support services. ...Read more

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I work with preschoolers and have observed parents feeding their kids coffee. Is this ok?

I work with preschoolers and have observed parents feeding their kids coffee.  Is this ok?

Not recommended: Children don't really need caffeinated beverages of any type. It's best to avoid coffee, caffeinated tea, sodas, etc. It can cause jitteriness, trouble sleeping, irritability, dehydration, and increased heart rate and blood pressure. ...Read more

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How old is that politicians child with edwards syndrome?

3: Trisomy 18 is usually fatal, but some children make it to age one and beyond. Here is a link to an article about santorum and trisomy 18 info http://republicanredefined.Com/2012/01/29/rick-santorums-daughter-bella-hospitalized-in-pennsylvania/. ...Read more

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How do autism and Down syndrome affect language development?

From infancy through: adulthood people with DS have delays in receptive & expressive language, ='in some areas to cognition, usually mild-moderate Intellectual Disability, others lower..Babies, toddlers & children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder may not talk or may have bizarre jargon mixed with babbling, then words, but they lack joint attention, communicative intent & reciprocal conversational skills. ...Read more