Stage 2 Child Studies Assessment Type 1: Practical Activity
The task of the assessment is to investigate a special need of a child between the ages of 0-8 years and the impact it has on the lifestyle of both the child and family, as well as investigate support services available for the children and families.
Down syndrome is a genetic condition known as the most common chromosome disorder, affecting one of every 700-900 babies born worldwide. CITATION Dowed t l 3081 (Australia, Undated) Down syndrome children grow up normally in the community. Although some have a lack in basic motor skills, they also learn more slowly than other children,CITATION Dowed l 1033 (Australia, Down Syndrome Australia, Undated) and this can affect the child\'s time as they need preparation done in advance for simple tasks. A Special learning support teacher with eight years\' experience working with children of special needs, confirms that "Children with Down syndrome can live independently with intervention, they learn best when taught routines for small task breaking it down, and they stick to those routines." CITATION Rut16 l 3081 (Caddy, 2016), proving that Down syndrome does have an impact on the child.
Having a child with Down syndrome affects the family lifestyle, due to the child having to learn through set routines which causes inconvenience for the family. The parents will need to give up time for themselves as well as for their other children, causing the siblings to adjust to the set routines the child follows. Siblings of a Down syndrome child "tend to have a feeling of resentment towards their sibling" CITATION Ste16 l 1033 (Hawkins, 2016). It causes an unhealthy relationship between siblings. Down syndrome impacts on the child\'s development skills, growth and actions. Due to the child\'s slower learning capabilities it can cause their peers to group themselves off from them due to the difference they feel. This can make the Down syndrome child confused and left out, which then could lead to the child growing up with depression and being socially distant towards others. CITATION Kided l 3081 (sense, Undated)
Australian support services such as Down syndrome Australia offer help to many children and families in different situations by;
Offering School classes for the child
Advice for first time parents and families
Ways to deal with the child as they grow to be independent
The support can give a great amount of education for the child, who will benefit in the future, as well as physical support and advice for the family who are struggling with the child. CITATION DS l 3081 (Australia, Undated)
Children with Down syndrome tend to need more care and time than other children and this can cause both a positive and negative outcome for the child and family. There are many support services available to aid with the family and child\'s learning by early education and advice, as the child needs intervention at a very young age to help them in the future.
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Australia, D. s. (Undated). Down syndrome Australia. Retrieved Febuary 12, 2016, from downsyndrome.org.au: http://www.downsyndrome.org.au/our_work.html
Caddy, R. (2016, Febuary 12). Students request interview for primary source. (8 years\'experience in Special Learning Support teaching and fours years of study in the area of PE and disability) (J. Grimmett, Interviewer)
Hawkins, S. (2016, 15 Febuary). Interview, Special Learning Support Teacher. (J. Grimmett, Interviewer)
Medic8. (Undated). In what way does Down\'s syndrome affect development? Retrieved Febuary 12, 2016, from Medic8.com: http://www.medic8.com/healthguide/down-syndrome/affect-development.html
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