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.