Frequently Asked Questions
Children with Down syndrome usually can do most things that any young child can do, such as walking, talking, dressing and being toilet-trained. However, they generally start learning these things later than other children. The exact age that these developmental milestones will be achieved cannot be predicted. However, early intervention programs, like The Arc of Essex County’s Stepping Stones Early Intervention Program, beginning in infancy can help these children achieve their developmental milestones sooner than without intervention.
Yes. There are special programs beginning in the preschool years to help children with Down syndrome develop skills as fully as possible. Along with benefiting from early intervention and special education, many children are integrated into the regular classroom. Refer to The Arc of Essex County’s Stepping Stones School website for more information about our specialized school program. Many children with Down syndrome learn to read and write, and some graduate from high school and go on to post-secondary programs or college. Individuals with Down syndrome participate in diverse childhood activities both at school and in their neighborhoods.
The National Down Syndrome Society has not endorsed any special vitamins or targeted nutritional intervention. Talk with your pediatrician who will most likely advise you to give the vitamins and supplements you would give to a typical child, at their appropriate age.