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Posted by Kristen White on August 28, 2000 at 08:00:58:

In Reply to: Not Downs, forget the S posted by Kelsey on August 28, 2000 at 00:47:25:

: : : : I am a first grade teacher and I will be working with a student this year who has limited verbal abilities and is diagnosed as having downs syndrome. I am looking for resources or ideas to best educate this student. Thank you!
: : : Hi, I Have workedwith a little girl with Downs in 4th and 5th grade - I am her teaching assistant and stay with her all day. Will you have a teaching assistant? Each child varies with learning ability. I try to take the 3 main points of a lesson and concentrate on them. A lot of time is sent on behavior and keeping focus.This has been a rewarding two year. Especially when she graduated from 5th grade.

: : I hope to help educate people as to the use of "downs" syndrome. The correct pronounceation is "down" syndrome. This is a common mistake but there is no s at the end of down. I may be a little picky but as a teacher I'm sure you understand the importance of grammar. My precious Down syndrome granddaughter is 2 and the light of our family.
: Thank you very much, Bev, for clearing that up for me. I am 15 years old and am planning to swim the English Channel on a relay team with a down syndrom woman. My biology teacher taught me that it was pronounced "Down's Syndrom." Yet I couldn't figure out why I'd seen it written with and without the "s" at the end. Thank you for clearing that up. I appeciate your pickyness.

While we are being picky, which I think is important--please, when referring to people with Down Syndrome, don't use the expression Down Syndrome child/girl/boy----we would not use the expression 'broken leg child',remember they are people first and should be referred to as 'a child/adult/person/boy/girl with Down Syndrome' to acknowledge this fact. As a parent of a nine year old boy with DS, I personally cringe when I hear him referred to as a DS boy. Thankyou.

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