Coping with Down Syndrome

When you found out that your child has down syndrome, you will experience surge of emotions to the point that you will not understand what you are feeling. You worry for your child and you doubt yourself if your efforts will be enough. That is purely understandable but if you are stuck to those feelings long, you will surely neglect the needs of your child. Settle your emotions first, learn to face the truth and then learn to get by.

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Instead of sulking or blaming yourself, the best thing that you should do is get support and information. If it makes you feel better, you can get as much information as you need online or from books and magazines. Here are other things that you can consider to prepare yourself:

1. Look for professionals. You should look for professionals and let them explain everything especially the treatments, therapy and education of your child. Professionals can help you make an informed decision.

2. Look for families enduring the same. This is all new to you. You need to look for other families that know what you are feeling and understand what you are going through. You can get many ideas and support from other families.

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3. Do not lose hope. If you lose hope, your child will be hopeless too. You are the strength of your child so do not lose hope and let him/her see that there’s still light at the end of the tunnel.

4. Do not criticize your child or let others criticize him/her. As a parent, you need to believe in your child even if others cannot or will not. Do not criticize your child or let others criticize him/her. Support him/her no matter what happens.

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5. Love your child. You will surely endure everything if you love your child. You should love your child as you would with his/her brother or sister. They need to know that they are wanted and valued despite what other people say.

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