How To Discuss Down Syndrome?

I read the article about Down Syndrome and learned the reason children get down syndrome. I understand the tests researchers did to come to the result that they will be born with down syndrome.

I would need at least a bachelor’s degree to be equipped to work as a counselor. However, a master’s degree in psychology would give me more knowledge on how to be a therapist. A Ph.D. in psychology would be more suited to advise parents about their child is going to be born with down syndrome. I would need to know-how and come the baby will be born with down syndrome. The parents would need to know that it is not their fault. I would give information on how to cope, accept, and help the child to have a decent lifestyle.

I would need to tell them that the syndrome happened 1 in every 792 live births. It is not their fault, and it has nothing to do with race, religion, or socioeconomic style. Kids with down syndrome are just like regular kids. I would tell them the different types of Down syndrome, which are Trisomy 21, translocation, and Mosaicism. I would explain that early intervention programs will be available for them right after birth.

The first resource would be sessions with a psychologist, therapist, and other professionals who could help them to understand what to do about the diagnose. They could teach them how to navigate through the process and how to live and take care of a child with down syndrome.

The two resources that would be helpful to the parents as they seek to learn more about their situation would be to join the national association for down syndrome so they could have the support from other parents and experts. They need to understand what they are about to face and how to see that they are not alone. The more information that has at their disposal, the less fear they could have. I would also refer the parents to be to lettercase.org, which is a website for women after they got the diagnose that their child will have down syndrome.

The mother needs to have screening tests and diagnostic tests. The doctor measured some of the specific substances in the blood when the mother is between 15 and 20 weeks of pregnancy. Another test that is new and noninvasive is testing the blood of the mom; that test is used when it is a high-risk pregnancy. Also, ultrasounds are done with other screenings. The parents need to know that the test can be false positives or false negatives — the diagnostic tests, which are chorionic Villus Sampling, Amniocentesis, and the Percutaneous Umbilical Blood Sampling. A doctor will perform the CUS between 10 and 12 weeks, which is a small piece of placenta is used to test. For the Amniocentesis test, a little amount of amniotic fluid is taken, and the cells in the fluid are tested. For the PUBS, blood from the umbilical cord is tested.

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Marie A. Diaz-Cervo

Marie A. Diaz-Cervo

ABA therapist | Published Writer | Consultant