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Down Syndrome & Your Child

Friday, December 5, 2008Down Syndrome & Your Child

There was a time when being born with Down Syndrome - a chromosomal disorder marked by cognitive impairment and differences in body structure - meant spending one's life in an institution and dying young. Thankfully, today, we know that people with Down Syndrome can lead full, rewarding, and increasingly long lives. Therapies and education programs teach people with Down Syndrome to be as independent as possible, and doctors can treat the heart problems that once ended their lives prematurely. Still, finding out your baby has Down Syndrome is a shock to most parents, and it requires an adjustment in their expectations of parenthood. Tune in this Friday to learn more about parenting a person with Down Syndrome.

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