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Child with Downs syndrome

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by hubble, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. Would you expect a child with Downs syndrome to sit and listen to whole class story in a mainstream year 1 class and how long would they sit on the carpet for whole class sessions?
     
  2. I think it depends on the child to be honest. My daughter has Down Syndrome and manages to sit on the carpet for whole class input but she does have a TA with her to support her and they have been working on that since reception. It depends on what expectations people have had of this child previously and also what they are like in terms of personality. Children with DS tend to mimic other children, so you can capitalise on that if the other children are sitting well. They can also have low muscle tone though which can make sitting hard work without something to lean against.
    Like anything else - so much is about getting to know the individual child as children - with DS or not - are so different from each other!
    Good luck
     

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