Learning & development in individuals with Down syndrome

While children and adults with Down syndrome experience developmental delays, they also have many talents and gifts and, given the opportunity and encouragement, will develop them in time. Most children with Down syndrome have mild to moderate impairments but it is important to note that they are more like other children than they are different.

Early Intervention services should be provided shortly after birth and should include physical, speech and developmental therapies. Most children attend their neighborhood schools, some in regular classes and others in special education classes – some children have more significant needs and will require a more specialized program. It is not highly uncommon for high school graduates with Down syndrome participate in post-secondary education and many adults are capable of working in the community while some will require a more structured environment.