Intellectual Capacity of Babies with Down Syndrome
Babies with Down Syndrome have less-than-average intellectual functioning; some are more impaired than others. With early intervention and special education, many of these children are able to join mainstream classes in school. Language lags are the most noticeable of the impairments. Because they do not go through motor milestones as quickly, it’s like watching the remarkable unfolding of development in slow motion. Because parents cannot take milestones for granted, infant development takes on an added element of anticipation and excitement. What they may lack academically, these babies make up socially.
Like all children, babies with Down syndrome have good and bad days. But, in general, these babies are affectionate and just plain happy. Many share constant hugs and kisses and radiate a generally carefree attitude. Their giving and caring attitudes are so contagious that those around these babies wonder who is really normal. There is indeed an upside to babies with Down syndrome.
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