Re: hello, I am in need of advice.
For starters, how old os this Downs Syndrome daughter? Most of the time, they do adjust well, Down syndrome children and adults sometimes have a hard time adjusting to a sudden change, they don't like there daily routine changed, for instance, if they get a new teacher in the beginning of the school year because they have moved on to a higher grade, they don't like that, they want there old teacher back, that teacher was there comfort zone. What I would do is start introducing your children to her, let them get to know her, maybe they could sleep over a night here and there on the weekend or take your kids and her kids and go to dinner or a movie., once she gets to know them, I really don't think your going to have a problem. I have a DS son who loves people, he'll talk to anyone-he is 21 years old. He is a loveable guy and very happy, not violent at all. We did have a few temper flairs when he was entering into puberity, but that was it, most teen-agers that enter puberity do have issues, they don't have to be Down syndrome for that. I have four Children, all my kids are grown except for one teen-ager, she is my youngest, she has been "a piece of work these teen-ager years", She gets my blood pressure sky rocketing and she has no disabilities. I really think everything is going to be just fine.