Down syndrome is a form of intellectual disability caused because the child is born with an extra chromosome. Children with Down syndrome exhibit a wide range of mental development; most experience mild to moderate delays.
The characteristics of a child with Down syndrome may include:
- Slanted eyes
- Short stature
- Poor muscle tone
- Respiratory infections
- Congenital heart disease
Services that may be beneficial for a child with Down syndrome include:
- Special education
- Long-term care
Where can I find further information?
The International Resource Center for Down Syndrome
1621 Euclid Avenue, Suite 514
Cleveland, OH 44115
National Down Syndrome Congress
Provides information, advocacy, and support concerning all aspects of life for individuals with Down syndrome.
National Down Syndrome Society
The mission of the National Down Syndrome Society is to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families through national leadership in education, research, and advocacy.