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Posted by Donna on August 31, 2000 at 17:32:12:

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.

Let me go a little further. I prefer to hear someone say a child with Down syndrome or my daughter with Down syndrome, etc. We should always put the child first. I don't believe I hear people with cancer called cancer people. We need to keep in mind that they are human beings first and foremost with a disability. I am visually impaired and I certainly want people to notice me as a person with a disability and not the disability first. Just thought I would pass this along. Thnaks

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