Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Down's Syndrome

Down syndrome is a chromosomal disorder caused when an error in cell division results in an extra 21st chromosome.There can be impairments in cognitive ability and physical growth, mild to moderate developmental disabilities, and a higher risk of some health problems.
Through a series of screenings and tests, Down syndrome can be detected before or after birth.
The likelihood having Down syndrome is around 1 in every 700 pregnancies. It is determined by many factors, but research suggests there is a higher risk if the mother delivers at over 35 years of age.
Before the age of 30 years, fewer that 1 in 1000 pregnancies will be affected by Down syndrome. After the age of 40 years, this figure rises to about 12 in 1,000.
Snowdrop has experienced some really good results in treating the developmental problems produced by Down's syndrome and this article is a good example of that. http://www.madeformums.com.baby/downs-syndrome-mums-story/42812.html
This morning we welcomed another little boy of 2.5 years, with Down's syndrome for his first assessment. It turns out he is a very good judge of character as he would not have anything to do with me! I had to work through his mum, but we got there in the end. We are hoping for similar results to the little girl in the article.

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