Children with Down Syndrome

How to Take this Course

Course Overview: Children with Down syndrome today lead rich and active lives in their homes, schools, and communities. While they face many of the same health risks as their non-disabled peers, youngsters with Down syndrome also have particular issues that are addressed in a set of published health guidelines from the National Down Syndrome Society. Since weight management problems are almost universal in this population, this program contains specific guidelines for physical activity and dietary intake. There is also a discussion of the early intervention and special education programs that include children with Down syndrome in their population.

Children with Down syndrome develop in the same sequence as their typically-developing peers in the domains of gross motor skills, fine motor abilities, speech and language, cognition, social development, and activities of daily living. However, youngsters with Down syndrome generally take longer to reach developmental milestones, and benefit tremendously from professional interventions. Recommendations for educational and developmental support are highlighted in this course offering

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The target audience for this course is nurses who work with children with Down syndrome in a variety of settings: inpatient and outpatient health care facilities, physicians’ offices and clinics, public and private agencies serving individuals with disabilities, home health, and case management.