7 Life Lessons From Raising a Child With Down Syndrome

5. Your baby will experience a wide range of emotions. You might hear someone say that your baby will be “always happy,” which can make your baby seem somehow less human. But the truth is that your child will display all types of moods — happy, sad, silly, angry, whiny, hysterical, delighted — the same as any other person.

6. Frustrations can be a good excuse to get creative with your teaching approach. Embrace the unique frustrations you may face and realize that every child learns differently. For example, if your child has difficulty communicating verbally, teach her sign language. A quote on the website of Signing Time, a Parents Choice-approved DVD series for children, says: “Sign language is a wonderful tool that allows even very small children to express themselves.”

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