i just saw this board and had some questions to ask.
my husband and i are in the process of adopting an older child from foster care. there is a sibling group we are requesting more information on, and the younger boy is 7 and has ds. we know he has language delays, doesnt respond verbally unless he wants too, is quite small for his age, and is described as a toddler. does this seem common of a child with ds? we are hoping to get more information on the boys soon, but in the meantime dh and i have been looking online for good info and it seems few and far between.
any information would be great.
*Anya, mama to 5 darling kiddos*
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Hello! I wish I had more information for you, but my little guy with DS is only 6 months old, and I don't have much experience with seven year olds in general.
However, most kids with DS are very small - right from babies to adulthood. Language delays are very common, however I do know lots of kids with DS who speak very well. There seems to be quite a large range in that area, and it depends a lot on how much Speech Therapy they have.
I hope a parent with an older child with DS can be more specific - I do know that our children are much more like typical children there own age than not.
Good Luck! I hope someone can give you a better answer soon.
wow....our stories sound very familiar.
It's been my experience that kids with down's are as different from one another as typical kids are.