DOWN SYNDROME

Children with Down’s Syndrome will need special accommodations and curriculum modifications in the classroom. By incorporating their IEP expectations into accessible learning designs, teachers can provide teaching tips for Down’s Syndrome children in their classrooms and tips for use at home.

Children with Down’s Syndrome:
Children with disabilities need special provisions in order to have a positive learning environment. It is possible for them to learn and be productive in school; they simply need to be in the correct environment and have access to the needed materials. Children with Down Syndrome are capable of learning. Teachers must obtain the proper teaching aides and gather teaching tips in order to achieve positive results.

What is Down Syndrome?
Down Syndrome is a well known genetic disorder and it is caused by a chromosome abnormality that occurs before birth. Typically babies have 46 chromosomes, but those with Down’s Syndrome are born with 47 chromosomes, which causes abnormal changes in the development of the child’s body and brain. Children with Down’s Syndrome have very distinct characteristics. They are generally small, with a flat face and a tongue that sticks out. They do suffer from learning problems and most are classified as mildly or moderately disabled.

Down Syndrome and Learning:
Many schools have classes that are for students with disabilities that could interfere with learning in a regular classroom. There are also special schools geared for people with disabilities. Children with Down’s Syndrome are capable of learning but not by the teaching methods that occur in traditional classrooms. There are a few teaching tips that work well for children with Down’s Syndrome.

Down Syndrome Teaching Tips – Inclusion:
A great set of teaching tips that should be employed when teaching children with Down’s Syndrome is the inclusion and relationship techniques. This simply means to make each student regardless of age or level of mental retardation, feel part of the group and comfortable with interacting with their other classmates. Encourage them to talk and interact positively with one another. Teaching them to feel comfortable in their environment help’s to boost their confidence.