Summary of Articles on Down Syndrome

Carr, J., & Carr, J. H. (1995). Down’s syndrome: Children growing up. Cambridge University Press.

According to the authors, the most common learning disability is downs syndrome. In the article, they examined the lives of those leaving with the condition to establish a pattern of their development. A child experiences delayed in growth relative to the standard anthropometric measures of height and weight, in healthy children. These Children are healthy at birth but later are diagnosed with the condition making their growth fall below the standard measurements. The collected data, which spanned over 21 years, affirms that there is a concern for care for those living with downs syndrome (Carr & Carr, 1995); this meant investigating a child’s complete medical evaluation (history, and conditions) and their social history (personal growth history, etc.). According to the article, most of the children suffer from being abused or neglected is often associated with various parental behaviors ranging from normal, abusive to neglect.

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Selikowitz, M. (2008). Down syndrome. The Facts.

It is evident from the article that parents have growing concerns over the acceptance of their children who suffer from downs syndrome. They are for the idea that they should be allowed to exist not solely because of their disability but get accepted for who they are. As a result, those that suffer from the condition should not be locked out from society due to shame. However, the community is filled with prejudice against the form of disability due to lack of awareness. The result is in the dependence of the individuals on their families to cope with the violence towards them. Such discriminatory acts are against what humanity is about and its broader culture. According to the authors, there are issues associated with coping with the birth of a child with downs syndrome. Parents often get confused and frightened over the birth of a baby with such a condition. Caregivers should be able to offer them assistance on coming into terms with their child’s condition for them to be able to care for them in the best way. Parents get vulnerable when they are informed of their child’s health (Selikowitz, 2008). Awareness should be the first line of help into coping with the condition.

 

References

Carr, J., & Carr, J. H. (1995). Down’s syndrome: Children growing up. Cambridge University Press.

Selikowitz, M. (2008). Down syndrome. The Facts.