Originally Posted by MIN2511
A friend's son has T-21 (down syndrome), he's her second. She's overwhelmed and shocked. I'm looking for resources, stories and guidance:
- Where do they start from?
- What resources are available to them?
- What childcare options can they avail of? Creche? Would he have to go to special needs creche?
- Suggestion/tips for adjusting to life with a child with T-21.
- What can she expect, and plan for?
- Are there families with T-21 children, where parents work? Do both parents work? What compromises have been made?
- Any other tips for this overwhelmed and in shock mother?
Thank you very much in advance.
They will need time to get to know their baby and absorb everything before leaping into all of the above.
Down Syndrome Ireland would be a good place to start, plus they can meet other parents in the same boat and this can be very beneficial and encouraging to see how their child can have a normal happy childhood and achieve their best.
People with Down syndrome can enjoy long, happy and healthy lives. A number of children with down syndrome where I live attend mainstream preschool, primary and secondary school.
Only time will tell and only then can decisions be made about what's going to work best for the child.
Some have full SNA support others have regular learning support. Like all children, individual abilities will vary so they may need a lot of extra support or maybe not so much.
The likes of childcare/working etc will depend on the family situation like any other family welcoming another child it will be what works best for them.