I’m starting to look forward to the last Monday of every month – just so I can share more statistics and facts about Down syndrome. Each month when I start researching for facts to share, I always learn something that I didn’t know too!
Here are some great facts/statistics from the National Down Syndrome Society –
- A few of the common physical traits of Down syndrome are low muscle tone, small stature, an upward slant to the eyes, and a single deep crease across the center of the palm. Every person with Down syndrome is a unique individual and may possess these characteristics to different degrees or not at all.
- People with Down syndrome have an increased risk for certain medical conditions such as congenital heart defects, respiratory and hearing problems, Alzheimer’s disease, childhood leukemia, and thyroid conditions. However, many of these conditions are now treatable, so most people with Down syndrome lead healthy lives. (Editor note: Molly’s bloodwork recently came back negative for leukemia.)
- Quality educational programs, a stimulating home environment, good health care, and positive support from family, friends and the community enable people with Down syndrome to develop their full potential and lead fulfilling lives.
- Children with Down syndrome have been included in regular academic classrooms in schools across the country. In some instances they are integrated into specific courses, while in other situations students are fully included in the regular classroom for all subjects. The current trend in education is for full inclusion in the social and educational life of the community.
While I’m not an expert, I’d love to try and answer any questions you may have about the road ahead for our precious Molly. I want this to be a place where you feel comfortable asking questions. No question too big or small. What would you like to know?