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DOWNS SYNDROME Reading #1 Questions

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1.      Down syndrome is a  _______________ resulting from the presence of all or part of an extra ______________.

2.      Down syndrome is characterized by a combination of major and minor ______________ of body structure and function.

3.      Among features present in nearly all cases are ____________________________ growth, and a recognizable _________________________ usually identified at birth.

4.      It is named after _______________ the British doctor who first described it in ____.

5.      Individuals with Down syndrome have lower than average ______________ ability, normally ranging from mild to moderate _____________________.

6.      The incidence of Down syndrome is estimated at  ______________________ _____________________________________ births.

7.      How many cases of Down Syndrome occur in the US ever year.

8.      In which ethnic groups does DS occur?

9.      _____________________influences the risk of conceiving a baby with Down syndrome.

10.  At maternal age 20 to 24, the risk is ______________

11.  At age 40 the risk is _____________ .

12.  At age 49 the risk is _________ .

13.  Although the risk increases with maternal age, ___________ of children with Down syndrome are born to women under the ______________ .

Prenatal screening

14.  There are several common non-invasive screens that can indicate a fetus with Down syndrome, and are normally performed in the late _____________________ or early _________________.

Cognitive development

15.  Cognitive development in children with Down syndrome __________________.

16.  Because of this variability in expression of Down syndrome, it is important to evaluate ___________________________.

17.  The cognitive problems that are found among children with Down syndrome can also be found among _______________________children.

18.  The identification of the best methods of teaching each particular child ideally begins soon after birth through ______________________________ programs.

19.  It is common for children with Down syndrome to need speech therapy to help with __________________________ .

20.  ___________________________are delayed and often lag behind _______________ and can interfere with cognitive development.

21.  _________________________________ can address these issues.

22.  In education, ________________________ of children with Down syndrome is controversial.

23.  Mainstreaming is when students of ________________________________ are placed in classes with their chronological peers.

24.  Complex thinking as required _____________________but also in history, the arts, and other subjects is often beyond their abilities or achieved much later than in most children.

Sociological and cultural aspects

25.  In most developed countries, since the early 20th century many people with Down syndrome were housed in _____________________________________ and excluded from society.

26.  However, in the 21st century there is a change among parents, educators and other professionals generally advocating a policy ____________________", bringing people with any form of mental or physical disability into general society as much as possible.

27.  The first World Down Syndrome Day was held on ____________________________



DOWNS SYNDROME Reading # 2 Questions

  1. Can men & women with Down's syndrome get married and have children?

  2. Where one parent has Down's syndrome, what is the percentage chance that the child would inherit the syndrome?

  3. Do people with Down's syndrome have a particular personality type? Explain.

  4. What are three coping strategies used by people Down’s syndrome?

  5.  Change can be very disorientating especially if you have a learning disability. In the past, people with Down’s syndrome have sometimes been portrayed as being stubborn. However this may really be what type of symbol?

  6. How many chromosomes do people with Downs syndrome usually have.

  7. What is the normal number?

  8. what causes the presence of an extra chromosome 21?

  9. Does it  come from  the mother or the father. 

  10. Which races  or  social classes  are most effected by Downs Syndrome?

  11. Down’s syndrome is not a_______ and therefore people with Down’s syndrome do not suffer.

  12. Can you tell the facts from the myths:

  13. Fact or fiction:  Children with Down’s syndrome are only born to older parents.

  14. Fact or fiction: People with Down’s syndrome are always happy?

  15. Fact or fiction: People with Down’s syndrome cannot form relationships?

  16. Fact or fiction: Men and Women with Down’s syndrome can have children.

  17. Fact or fiction: All people with Down’s syndrome will eventually develop Alzheimer’s disease (dementia).