Down's syndrome

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Types of DS
Day 2 of Down Syndrome Awareness Month: “Variations” Did you know there 3 different types of Down syndrome? Evie has the most common form - trisomy 21. This means that every single cell in her body has an extra 21st chromosome (3 copies instead of 2) 🤩 The other two types of Down syndrome are translocation and mosaic DS. Translocation DS - this occurs when there are 3 copies of the 21st chromosome but instead of being separate, the extra 21st chromosome is attached to another chromosome! About 3-4% of people with DS will have this type. It can be hereditary but is often sporadic. The least common form of DS (about 2%) is known as mosaic DS. This is where some, but not all, of the cells in the body have a third copy of the 21st chromosome. Genetic testing (blood test or prenatal testing like amniocentesis) is the only way to find out what type of DS someone has 🧬
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Down's syndrome
Tips on befriending a kid with DS?
We're going as a family on a trip to the mountains, with two other families. It's going to be really exciting. It has been our routine to go around this time, somewhere where we can all take a breather and also get our son to spend more time in the outdoors. This time we're meeting other families, and one of the families has a kid with Down's Syndrome that is exactly our son's age. Ever since I found out I have been researching more about Down's Syndrome, wanting to learn more and understand. We met the family during the summer and when I saw the boy I knew I wanted to be buddies with him, to make him feel at ease. He and my son started off really well. And the family is so friendly and lovely to be around. Despite my friendly demeanor I think I froze within myself, being careful about what I say and do, feeling a bit nervous as I wouldn't want to cross boundaries or do something inappropriate or something that might hurt the kid. I would appreciate tips on how to make good company and on things to avoid doing or saying while on the trip. Thank you very much!
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Dieting struggles of my daughter, problems motivating
As a mother of a 23 year old who has downs syndrome I feel immensely proud of my daughter for being here, for her courage, for her lively spirit and curiosity. I only struggle to keep her on target with weight loss. I don't force her but I try not to be lenient. She craves sugar like crazy and sometimes eats low-calorie natural sweeteners like candy. When we're visiting relatives or family friends she can't have enough of dessert or anything that is served and teases me about taking more of everything, and about hiding it to-go. I try to be sensitive towards how she is feeling but firm enough to tell her not to do this, and remind her of our spoken agreements regarding the very things she does. My question is, how can I motivate her to stay on target and to reach the goal set for her?
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