How does Down syndrome affect development?

By Qendra Jonathan

All children diagnosed with Down syndrome have some learning disability. Children with Down syndrome learn how to walk and talk or how to go to the toilet, but they generally learn later than their peers. Early childhood programs, which are now widespread worldwide for children with Down syndrome and learning disabilities, help in all areas of child development. These programs include speech therapy, physical therapy, and home learning programs. Children and adults with Down syndrome can and will continue to learn throughout their lives like the rest of the population. With good medical care and the right levels of support, individuals with Down syndrome can make friends, go to school, get a job and keep it, and most importantly can make decisions about their lives and the future.