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Posted by linda on September 17, 2000 at 18:03:36:

In Reply to: Babysitting DS Child? posted by Elizabeth on September 17, 2000 at 11:49:42:

: I will soon be looking after a DS child for a few hours everyday. I look after 2 other children. Their parents think it a great opportunity for them to learn
: from this little girl. However, I am worried how to explain her condition to the children, and I don't want her to feel uncomfortable. Any suggestions?
: to

First of all, how old is the ds child? I have a son who has ds, and I have been doing daycare since he was born. Never once has any child in my care asked about him. Only one child, who is now my son's best friend, had to be told. And all we told him that he was a little slower at learning. My son is now 10 and his friend is now 8, I started watching him when he was 1 1/2 old and my son would have been about 3.
I dont babysit for him anymore but he stills comes to visit with my son and is even his baseball buddy when my son plays ball. I t is amazing how the other children dont even notice. So my advice is dont say anything unless someone ask. I expect my child to be treated just like any other child would be, because he is just a normal kid, just a little slower. ;-)

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