I'm going to try again this year, and I'll be trying to share some information that I haven't shared before that might be helpful to new parents, but also to those who might meet a child with Down syndrome out in the community.
Today, to kick off, a few general words of wisdom in interactions with children with DS. Remember, these are from ME, MY experience, and are completely my personal opinion. I only have one kid and she's only two, but these are some things I've learned...
* Give ample time to practice and respond. Ellie needs familiarity with a task before she'll try it with someone new. She takes a bit longer to process language, so ask, then WAIT.
* Visual, visual, visual. Most people with Down syndrome are visual learners. So try to pair auditory information with visual.
* Take time to listen. Take time to learn. Every person with DS is different. What works for my kid may not work for your kid or your neighbor's kid.
|Ellie loves art. Note the tongue of concentration.|
* And of course, laugh. That's Ellie's tip. It's her current favorite command when she believe she has been funny. "Laugh! HAHAHAHA!" And we laugh.