Resources for Medical Professionals & Educators

Resources for Medical Professionals & Educators

Like all people, individuals with Down syndrome learn and develop at their own rate and in their own way. People with Down syndrome have varied goals for their futures and individual expectations of their roles in the family, school and community. Down syndrome is not a blueprint for potential or a prescription for a given educational or life plan.

However, people with Down syndrome often experience mild to moderate delays in their cognitive and physical development and research has shown that educational and therapeutic interventions (such as early intervention services) can greatly benefit learners with Down syndrome. Careful consideration, supports and early planning are often necessary to facilitate employment and community life.

People with Down syndrome are at increased risk for certain health problems compared to the general population. For more information visit the Healthcare and Breakthrough page.

People with Down syndrome also have specific health care needs, above and beyond standard medical care. Additionally, children with Down syndrome grow and develop at different rate than their typical peers. The Healthcare page also includes health care guidelines, growth charts, and information about specialty clinics, specific to people with Down syndrome.

“ See my daughter first, not her disability.”

~ Parent

“I have learned more from my son than I could have ever possibly imagined.
I hope I can give him as much as he has given me as he continues to grow up.”
~Deb Balderas

 Every time the Green Bay Packers make a first down,
UnitedHealthcare will donate to Wisconsin Upside Down!
~First Downs For Down Syndrome

“Our family learns, smiles, laughs, cries and thanks God for not only opening our hearts, but opening our eyes to what the picture [life] should be.”
~Marybeth Mielke

 “Down syndrome is a gift that can’t wait to be opened.”
~Diane Moede

 “One of my greatest joys is when my 3rd grade daughter,
who has Down syndrome, reads me a bedtime story.”
~Robbin Lyons

 “Having a child with Down syndrome has introduced me to so many wonderful people and given me a new respect for the differences in all of us.”
~Amy Elfner

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