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Parenting Down's Specially-Abled Kids
Source: Open Talk Magazine 12/12/2010 18:59:00
There are many kids in the world with no abnormalities or defects, but amongst these clones are kids who are considered extra special and require extra-special attention. Society call them “mentally retarded” or “mentally challenged” but those who have credible knowledge know them as “Specially Abled Kids”. One of the common mental disabilities which make these kids special is Down’s Syndrome or Trisomy 21, also known as Trisomy G.
What is Down’s syndrome?
Down’s syndrome is a chromosome disorder which occurs because of an extra 21st chromosome in the human body. It is named after John Down who described this syndrome in the year 1866. The presence of this extra syndrome reduces the mental, cognitive and physical growth of the patient. In essence, the patient looks a lot younger compared to same age counterparts. It is possible to predict, prior to child birth, the presence of Down’s syndrome in an infant, however only in some cases. The patients suffering from Down’s syndrome may develop organ dysfunctionalities later in age.
It is a fairly common disease which can be managed by proper medication and training. There are several TV Shows and movies that revolve around this plot including: Glee, Life Goes On and Summer Heights High. Some celebrities who were diagnosed with this syndrome include: Stephane Ginnz and Andrea Friedman.
Parenting a child with Down’s is not exactly a walk in the park. Many a time’s parents don’t even realize that their child is different than other kids. This lack of knowledge leads to frustration within parents as well as kids. As parents, it is your responsibility to gauge any deformities in your child and provide proper medication as needed. You have to start treating your child with extra love, care and understanding. You as a parent have a major role to play in shaping the personality of your child. You have to make them understand the reasons behind their different physical and cognitive abilities in a manner which is not detrimental to their productive and emotional being.
Many times parents react hysterically to these kids blaming, taunting or even crying in front of them. One effect of Down’s syndrome is the child’s inability to control his/her temperament. You must remember that impatience, anger or frustration will only make the matter worse. The child will lose his/her confidence, and if that happens his/her growth will get further retarded. If possible, parents should get some training from psychiatrists or other specialists in order to learn the correct way of dealing with kids suffering from Down’s syndrome.
With proper medication and training these kids can function like “normal” kids including participating in sports, music, theatre and other extracurricular activities. There are special schools for kids diagnosed with Down’s syndrome. The teachers at these schools are specialized and understand how to teach these kids thoroughly without making them realize their deformities or differences. The kids with this syndrome are not crazy, dumb or stupid, but just slow to grasp new things. Success is obtained through teaching them in a manner they will understand so their grasping power enhances. These teachers are professionally qualified and can very well notice special talents in these kids. These talents are then developed while keeping in mind the temperament of the kid.
It is important to be extra loving, caring, understanding and nurturing to children with special challenges. Acceptance is the sole thing which they seek from you, and the rest of it; they are quite capable of earning. Shower them with love and watch them blossom!!!