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Transcript of DOWN SYNDROME
By:Alondra Perez Mata
What are some of the most common health issues?
How do doctors diagnose Down Syndrome ?
*Several screening tests during the pregnancy can help diagnose Down Syndrome.
How does Down Syndrome affect a person's everyday life?
What is Down Syndrome?
*It is a condition which delays children both mentally and physically
* A child should receive 23 chromosomes from each parent, but down syndrome happens when a child receives an extra chromosome.
*Nothing before or during the pregnancy can cause Down Syndrome
Is there a life expectancy for people with Down Syndrome?
* The life expectancy is 60 years of age
When and where is Down Syndrome most common?
*It is the most common birth defect in the U.S.
*It affects about 1/800 babies in the U.S.
*About 5,000 kids are born with Down Syndrome each year.
*Today there are over 400,000 people with Down Syndrome in the United States.
What are the symptoms of Down Syndrome?
*Very distinct facial features such as: Flat face, abnormally large ears, large tongue, or upward slanting eyes with small folds of skin in the corners.
*May also have short neck
*Small hands and feet.
What is it like for the families?
*1/3 of families experience more stress.
*They have a harder time.
* 54% of mothers of young kids with Down Syndrome find their kids difficult to manage at times.
What is their school life like?
*They get special education.
*Getting special help early can help lead to a happier, healthier, even more independent life.
Can people with Down Syndrome have kids?
*Yes, but their children may have Down Syndrome,too.
What will it be like having a sibling with Down Syndrome?
*Nearly 1/2 of the people with Down Syndrome have heart defects and they may need heart surgery.
*Most people with Down Syndrome have hearing difficulty due to their differences in ear structure.
*They often have digestive fract issues.
*Respiratory infections are common.
* Infections of bladder are common
*About 10% of people with Down Syndrome develop partial narrowing in the small intestine. This can restrict weight gain.
* Repetitive and obsessive, compulsive behaviors.
Can people with Down Syndrome get jobs?
*Down Syndrome is the most common cause of mental retardation.
*Women ages 35 or older have a much higher risk of having a baby with this condition.
* There is no cure for Down Syndrome.
*More than 80% of people with this condition are being born to mothers under 35 years old simply because younger mothers have more children.
Can animals get Down Syndrome?
*Yes, but they will have less symptoms.
This is Kenny the white tiger, he had Down Syndrome.
He was born on February 3, 1999. He died of cancer, at the age of nine, in 2008.
*About 15% of the 15,000 people of working age with Down Syndrome are in paid work.
Table Of Contents
*What is Down Syndrome?
*What is a chromosome?
*How do Doctors Diagnose Down Syndrome?
*What are some of the symptoms of Down Syndrome?
*What are some of the most common health issues?
*Is there a life expectancy for people with Down Syndrome?
*When and where is Down Syndrome most common?
*What is it like for the families?
*What is their school life like?
*Can people with Down Syndrome have kids?
*What is their behavior like?
*What will it be like having a sibling with Down Syndrome?
*Can people with Down Syndrome get jobs?
*Can animals get Down Syndrome?
*What are some myths about Down Syndrome?
*Do we dedicate a day to people with Down Syndrome?
*What is Down Syndrome Awareness Month?
What are some myths about Down Syndrome?
*Adults with Down Syndrome are unemployable
*Down Syndrome can never be cured
* People with Down syndrome are always happy
*Parents will not find community support in bringing up their child with this condition.
*Most children that have Down Syndrome are born to older parents
*Many unique challenges
*It also provides many opportunities for children's positive growth and character development.
*Studies have shown that having a sibling with Down Syndrome can benefit in many ways. For example these children develop a higher level of maturity and tend to have more highly developed social and communication skills.
Do we dedicate a day to people with Down Syndrome?
*Yes it is called Down Syndrome awareness month, but it goes on for a whole month.
What is Down Syndrome Awareness Month?
*It goes on the whole month of October, it is not about celebrating disabilities, its about celebrating abilities.
*People speak about what it's like to have Down Syndrome.
*It's the perfect opportunity to acknowledge people with Down Syndrome
What is the percentage of bullied people with Down Syndrome?
*85% of kids with special needs get bullied, including kids with Down Syndrome
What is their behavior like?
*They progress more slowly in achieving age appropriate behavior.
*However studies of the behavior of children with this condition do not give a consistent picture .
*Some seem to indicate more behavior problems while others do not.
What is a chromosome?
1.A threadlike structure of acids and protein found in the nucleas of most living cells.