Down Syndrome: What is It and What is It Not?

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Down Syndrome: What is It and What is It Not?

One of the most common genetic disorders today is Down syndrome. In fact, it is so common that one in every 691 babies in the U.S. is born with one. Being recognized providers of developmental disability care services in Kanabec Dr. Wasilla Alaska, Bright Horizon Homes not only aims to treat people with development disorders, we also aim to help people understand more about these disorders by educating them.

What is Down syndrome?

Humans have 23 pairs of chromosome, half of which are inherited from the parents. Sometimes, chromosome 21 is replicated twice—fully or partially. Down syndrome is associated with the alteration of the genetic material for chromosome 21, which influences the development course of the coding process. The common traits of a person with Down syndrome include upward slant in the eyes, smallness in stature, and low muscle tone.

With its popularity, a lot of myths about the genetic condition have been made popular too, to the point that some people actually believe in them.
As specialists in developmental disability care services in Kanabec Dr. Wasilla Alaska, Bright Horizon Homes’ team of experienced medical experts collated four most common myths about Down syndrome and debunked them.

  1. People with Down syndrome are always happy.

    This is a claim that is frequently displayed in media which led people to believe in it. People with Down syndrome feel the same range of feelings like everyone else. In short, if they are happy, they exhibit positive emotions. If they are hurt, or sad, they will show it through exhibiting low-intensity emotions.

  2. Most people with Down syndrome are put to an institution.

    Wrong, again. These days, a lot of families and people are becoming more welcoming to people with this condition. We see how different businesses are opening up to them, and how communities are establishing activities that are geared towards them and their families.

  3. Children with Down syndrome should be placed in a special education class.

    Full inclusion is important for the development of a child, with or without a medical condition. In the case of children with Down syndrome, researches have concluded that there is no significant difference on their performance when placed in a segregated class or not. In fact, a lot of children with Down syndrome are now seen to have been graduated from high school, and others, college.

  4. Down syndrome is hereditary.

    The genetic condition is completely random 99 percent of the time. Even if Translocation is the only type of Down syndrome to have a hereditary link, it only accounts to 3-4% of all Down syndrome cases.

To be able to fully support people with Down syndrome, it is important for the community to understand it as well. Right now, opportunities are opening up to these people, and it will be a better place if these people actually display their full potential in their environments.

For more questions regarding Down syndrome and other conditions, contact Bright Horizon Homes, the provider of developmental disability care services in Kanabec Dr. Wasilla Alaska, now.

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