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Children with Down syndrome may have a variety of unique behaviors. It is important to provide positive encouragement to children and remain patient in order for these talents and skills to grow.
All people with Down syndrome are gifted with talents. It could be poetry, creative art or even reading other people’s emotions. People with Down syndrome want to be seen both as a part of a group and as unique with their own talents. Be sure to encourage children without putting pressure on them.
You can help children find ways to promote his or her talents. For example, if he or she is interested in music, it may help to have instructions from an appropriate music teacher.
Self-talking, or talking to yourself, is very common in children and adults with Down syndrome. This behavior often makes families worried. Try not to worry! Self-talking is normal and also serves a very useful purpose.
Communication skills are important to get along with other people. Some people with Down syndrome can be easily understood by others. Other people with Down syndrome find it hard to communicate. Most people with Down syndrome are in the middle of this range. If a child has trouble with his or her speech, there are many ways they can communicate nonverbally:
It is important to be patient in social settings in order to allow children with Down syndrome to think and talk. To help, ask one direct question at a time, rather than several open-ended questions.
Most people with Down syndrome have an amazing memory for people, places and past events. This can often be described as “photographic memory.”
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