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Old 10-31-2006, 10:35 AM   #2
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: NY state
Posts: 63
hannahph HB User
Re: When to tell the children.

I have found that when telling little kids about DS the best thing is to keep it very simple. I try explaining DS in terms like..... the baby is going to need some extra help with learning things. There is a great book called "we'll paint the octopus red" by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen. You should be able to find it at your local library. It is a great kids book and explains DS in kids terms.It also has a great Q&A section in the back that has great ways to answer questions. My biggest advice with this is to keep it simple and answer questions as they come up.I would say something like "Kayle was born with Down syndrome. That means that he will need a little extra help and patience with things." They will ususally take the lead and ask questions . I would answer them as hosnestly as you can in very simple terms. They are usually not ready for a big long winded explination.You are going to do great!

Last edited by hannahph; 10-31-2006 at 10:37 AM.