Actually, medicine and science have come a long way. I hate hearing people telling me what they think he will and won't be able to do in the future when he isn't even a year old yet! I find the Down syndrome stereotype ridiculous, that DS people are kind, loving, and gentle. Oh, and her teachers have called her manipulative from a very early age. But there are some pretty common physical signs that accompany Down syndrome, and that opens these kids -- and their parents -- up to everything from rude staring to downright cruel comments.
Despite the controversy, critical responses to the episode were mostly positive; critics praised its storyline, numerous cultural references, and its portrayal of a person with Down syndrome.
The Stir asked the parents of some children with Down syndrome to share some of the ridiculous comments they hear most often about their beautiful babies.
" asks Jennifer Lister, mom of little Riley, who refers to her daughter's condition as "Up syndrome." "For not being blessed themselves with a child who has UP syndrome?
A recent study published in the demonstrates the positive impact of Down syndrome on families; it found that 79 percent of parents report that their outlook on life was more positive because of their child, 94 percent of siblings report feelings of pride about their sibling with Down syndrome, and 99 percent of people with Down syndrome feel happy with their lives. D., who developed a research-based strategy called Responsive Teaching for improving cognition, behavior, and communication in children with special needs, says: "Parents are far more influential on their children's development than teachers and therapists are.
Early developmental learning for all children can occur in the context of any interaction or activity the child is participating in throughout their day.