Down Syndrome Awareness: What You Should Know
It is estimated that one out of every 700 babies born in the United States has Down syndrome. There are many misconceptions about this condition, which can lead to feelings of fear and uncertainty for parents who have just received a diagnosis.
This article should help you better understand what Down syndrome is and the challenges associated with it. It will also help you understand how society views those who have Down syndrome, as well as their ability to live a fulfilling life. We hope that this article will be helpful for those around you, as well as those who live with the condition.
What is Down syndrome?
Down syndrome is a genetic condition that causes an individual to be born with 47 chromosomes instead of the usual 46. Chromosomes contain DNA, which codes for all the traits that individuals inherit from their parents.
The extra chromosome for those with Down syndrome can cause them to have some developmental delays and health problems. There are many misconceptions about individuals with Down syndrome, which leads to feelings of fear and uncertainty for parents who have just received a diagnosis.
What are the physical and intellectual challenges associated with Down syndrome?
Down syndrome is a genetic condition. It is caused by an extra copy of chromosome 21, which can lead to physical and intellectual challenges.
The IQ score for those with Down syndrome can vary greatly depending on the severity of the case. Some children with Down syndrome have an IQ in the 70s or 80s while others can be as low as 50 or 60.
Living a meaningful life with Down Syndrome
Living with Down syndrome can be difficult at times, but it doesn't mean that you can't live a fulfilling and meaningful life.
You might have heard people say that those with Down syndrome may not be able to accomplish as much as those who don't have the condition. However, that's not true!
In fact, many people with Down syndrome go to college, get married, and work in jobs they enjoy. In addition to the common challenges of living with a disability, those with Down syndrome can experience some additional medical complications.
This isn't an exhaustive list but includes heart issues and thyroid problems. There are also some developmental aspects of Down syndrome that make everyday tasks more challenging for those living with the condition. For example, those with Down syndrome might have trouble learning how to walk or speak because of delays in development.
Despite these challenges, it is possible for those living with Down Syndrome to live fulfilling lives!