What can I do to help someone with Down syndrome?

Remember they are visual learners.  They find learning by looking easier than learning by listening.  Remember they may struggle to talk and their voice may sound different.  Use signing, demonstration, pictures and objects to help.  Give then plenty of time to answer.  Be a friend but don’t try to do everything for them.  We all need to learn how to do things for ourselves.  Look for ways of helping them to do things for themselves. Invite them to join your social group and be a supportive friend.  Show them good sensible behaviour.  Children with Down syndrome find copying behaviour easy.  Please be aware of this and be responsible when you are with them.

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