Preparing the School for Your Child with Down Syndrome

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Teachers can be great allies in keeping your child with Down syndrome safe and successful in school, but you'll need to make sure they have all the knowledge they need to help. Use these suggestions to create a information packet to bring educators up to speed.

Five Things Teachers Need to Know

1. Please think carefully before hugging my child. Not every adult she meets will be safe and friendly, and she needs to learn boundaries and age-appropriate ways to interact.

2. It's okay to let my child's classmates know about Down syndrome as long as it is done in a positive way; I'd be happy to help prepare a program.

3. Teaching strategies that have proven successful for children with Down syndrome will help my child learn better and make him easier for you to deal with.

4. My child is an individual, not a diagnosis -- please be alert and receptive to the things that make her unique and special.

5. Please keep the lines of communication open between our home and the school. My child needs all the adults in her life working together.

Printouts to Share with Teachers

Down Syndrome: Tips for Teachers
Source: Center for Parent Information and Resources

What Students With Down Syndrome Want Teachers to Know
Source: Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis

Teaching Students With Down Syndrome
Source: Canadian Down Syndrome Society

10 Things Teachers Should Know About Down Syndrome
Source: Gillian Marchenko

Supporting the Student With Down Syndrome in Your Classroom
Source: Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan


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