Bringing in a new sibling to the family can have a significant impact. You will have to prepare your other children to encourage a healthy sibling bond. However, it poses a considerable challenge if you are raising another child with Down Syndrome. Research from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention shows that the number of kids with autism is on the rise. ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) children are slower in development compared to other kids. They struggle to converse and to understand what they are being told. They take time to learn, but they can also live a healthy and productive life.
Thanks to the power of social media, people are creating awareness of these special kids. There is a video clip going round. It was shared by parents (Ashlyn and Logan Williams) with Brook’s autistic child in Richland Township, Arkansas. In the video, Logan was holding the little one, Collyns. Brook joined his dad and could be seen enjoying his small sister’s company. Anytime Ashlyn tried to take away Collyns from Logan, Brook would scream and only quit when they got Collyns back. Brook would grow to love his sister, no doubt. Down syndrome is a disorder that occurs in early childhood. That is the most common condition linked to other disorders known as Autism Spectrum Disorder. Prognosis can be complicated because signs of illness vary from one child to another. Although many children with Down Syndrome can lead relatively healthy lives, there are serious instances of an autistic kid being unable to converse or make eye contact.
The cause of Autism is not known. Researchers, however, say it is sparked by a combination of inherited and environmental aspects. Long ago, people blamed parents for autistic children and cited as poor parenting. As a result, the parents were embarrassed and felt guilty, contributing to the problems that come with caring for disabled children. A study recently indicated several genetic defects contribute to autism. The researchers are still exploring whether environmental triggers that include exposure to some viruses can cause Down Syndrome. In the past decade, the number of children with this disease has increased worldwide. Nobody knows the explanation for its upsurge. Down syndrome is incurable, but early intervention may combat the impacts of the syndrome through coping techniques and behavioral modification.
It also increases chances for the children with Down syndrome to lead a regular life such as schooling and engaging in extracurricular activities. In severe cases, the children can undergo other advanced treatments, including taking medication and using alternative therapies such as Chelation. Due to advances in medical technology, people with down syndrome are living longer compared to yester years. Decades ago, children born with down syndrome were not expected to live beyond age nine. With clinical treatment advancements, life expectancy has increased with others living longer than 60 years. As the days go by, people interact with individuals living with autism, creating the need for public sensitization and acceptance.