What does it mean to have Down syndrome?

Children with Down syndrome may look different.  You can usually tell they have Down syndrome by looking at their face.

4 out of 10 children with Down syndrome are born with a heart condition.

6 out of 10 children with Down syndrome need to wear glasses.

8 out of 10 children with Down syndrome will have trouble with hearing.

Children with Down syndrome find it difficult to talk and need special lessons to help them.  Signing may help them to communicate.  Children with Down syndrome learn differently.  They learn slowly because they have a learning disability.  For example: by the age of 6 some children with Down syndrome may find it hard to count up to 10.

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