How to stimulate learning in children with Down syndrome

When we face Down Syndrome in our environment, there are many doubts that can arise, both in parents and educators. But, fortunately, today it is no longer in doubt that children with this chromosomal alteration have or do not have to receive an education and that it cannot be the same as that of the rest of the children around them.

That is why it is even more important that we stay informed about how we can stimulate their learning and their desire to learn new things and interact with other children .

Next, we will analyze some of the keys that should always exist in a learning system focused on boys and girls with Down syndrome.

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Keys to Stimulation and Learning with Down Syndrome

  • The importance of early stimulation: The coordination problems in the movements of a child with Down Syndrome are greater, being slower and more difficult than in other children, so it is very important that stimulation begins from the beginning. Early stimulation helps to develop the mental and physical system, something of vital importance in Down syndrome. Let the child explore, play and savor life, but always without pressure.
  • Parental involvement in the process: the emotional side of a child with Down Syndrome is much more sensitive than that of almost any other person, which makes the involvement of parents in the whole process even more necessary. Knowing that they are accompanied and that they have all the necessary support and care from their parents, will fill them with confidence and security, essential in their learning process.
  • Parenting with attachment: concentration problems in a child with Down syndrome can be quite severe, so that parental involvement and the implementation of so-called attachment parenting will be very important for the child to feel prone to participate in manipulation games that help him to work his attention and his way of communicating with the world. Of course, it is important that this attachment and that “skin to skin” are never taken to the extreme, since we could fall into the vulnerability of the child, instead of in his empowerment as a future being autonomous.
  • Community learning: it is very important not to assume that a child with Down Syndrome is completely different from the rest and that they require great daily care, since this could remove us from our environment and, what is worse, remove and deprive the child of being with Other children. Community learning in the form of group games, stimulation of gross motor skills in the park, communication, etc., is very important so that a child with Down syndrome can feel part of a group and of a reality that it is necessary for him to enjoy and live his childhood like any other child.


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