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The fact that your child’s development is slower doesn’t mean that he or she won’t be able to learn, unlike the old-fashioned, complacent attitudes of the days when children with a handicap were pushed out of the way like objects. Parents who adopt an optimistic attitude and exert themselves are able to feel really proud of children, who would once have been branded as uneducable, as, step by step they discover the world around them – people, music, colours, letters. They will learn to read, count and write and will certainly learn the rules of interpersonal behaviour. Sensible parents realise the damage they do if they spoil their child. Who would like to have a spoilt and whining classmate as a pal? And what teacher would be prepared to accept a disobedient and lazy child in their class?

Children with Down Syndrome are happiest when they are treated like any other boy or girl. And they also thrive on it. Don’t be afraid of kind and consistent education, your children will repay it manifold. Teach your children table manners and how to greet and thank people. Encourage them to be orderly and helpful. Don’t be afraid to take them everywhere with you; they need every opportunity to observe the world around them and learn its ways. Children with DS tend to learn more slowly but there exist many special methods and approaches to their development.

There is no reason why they should not attend the regular nursery school and parents can later choose between integrating their child into the regular primary school or arranging for the child to attend a special school.

Don’t despair if your children’s development seems slow. Everything has its own tempo; after all we don’t criticise the apple tree for providing fruit in the autumn, long after the cherry tree’s crop has been harvested ?