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Down Syndrom
There is little point in worrying about the distant future immediately after the birth of a child with DS. On the contrary, this is a time when the child needs a contented, loving mother and family who accept the child’s handicap as something that might cause inconvenience but does not detract from the child’s worth. At this period it is impossible to determine reliably the pace or the degree of their future development. But the same is equally true about a child with no handicap, after all! It is therefore a serious mistake “not to expect anything from them”. On the contrary! Children with DS develop slowly but steadily.

The range of handicap among people with Down Syndrome is very wide. Former claims that DS children had severe mental retardation have been superseded by the discovery that most of them fall within the category of slight mental retardation. In practice this means that not only do these children communicate in a lively way with their surroundings, but they can also learn to read and write. The claim that DS children are not capable of counting is also gradually on its way out. Children with DS cope with routine house work, they are sociable, enjoy sport and are eager to be occupied.

Children with DS have been integrated into regular primary schools in our country also. This is enormous progress since the pre-1989 period when these children were automatically recommended for special schooling. As things stand at the moment, however, the teaching profession is still unsure in the presence of DS children. So DS children urgently need parents who are ready to fight for their right to prove that they are an asset to the rest of society.