Friday, October 10, 2008

Fun Facts about Down syndrome!

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DID YOU KNOW?!
* That 1 in 5 children with DS play a musical instrument? For children older than ten, that number doubles. One of five children with DS sing in a choir or vocal group, for children older than ten, it is every one in three...

* Two out of every three children with DS like to draw and/or paint pictures

* Approx. 9 out of every 10 individuals with DS listened to someone read a book more than three times a week between the ages 2-5

* Approx. 7 out of 10 children w/ DS use total communication (signs, etc) between the ages of 2-5

* Approx. 7 out of 10 kids with DS saw a speech therapist two or more times a week between the ages of 2 and 5

* Approx. 1 of every 3 children with DS older than ten rides a bike without training wheels

* Seven of every ten individuals with DS older than ten participates on an athletic team through Special Olympics

* Two out of every five individuals with DS participates on an integrated athletic team.

* According to their families, 3 out of 5 individuals with DS know how to operate a computer.

* One of every three individuals with DS older than ten w/ DS reads the daily newspaper on his or her own

* Seven of ten individuals with DS older than 10 read books on their own for personal enjoyment

* One of two children with DS go to school in a mainstreamed class.

* 3 of 5 children with DS participate in school activities that are open to all students.

* According to their families, 1 of 5 children with DS talk on the phone with friends more than three times a week. For children older than ten, that number doubles.

* One of three children with DS write email regularly

* Two of three children with DS over age ten have a boyfriend or girlfriend!

* Approx. 7 of ten children with DS pray on a regular basis.

* According to their families, approx. 7 of 10 individuals with DS imitate characters from a television program or movie

* Approx. 2 of 3 individuals with DS older than 10 prepare their own breakfast each morning.

* Three of four individuals with DS older than 10 make their own bed in the morning.

* One of two individuals with DS (older than 18) work in a non sheltered workplace

* One of five individuals with DS (18 or older) lives on his or her own

6 comments :

My name is Sarah said...

Hi Renee, This is Joyce - Sarah's mom. I really enjoyed this. I don't believe I have ever read a list like this before. As I was going down through it, I said "yes" to most for Sarah. Keep watching her blog for the next few weeks and you will see most of these in action. The last item will be the hardest for me, but I have no doubt once Sarah makes up her mind, it will happen too.

♥Lisa♥ said...

They forgot a fun fact!!!
that 10 out of 10 with DS above and below the age of 10 are 100% percent adorable!!!! :)

Thanks for all the info. The facts post below i honesty only knew 3 or 4 of them.

Erin said...

This is a great list. Thanks for sharing!

Jenn said...

That's great and there are lots of kids out there that don't even bother to do half that stuff ! Maybe people should read them this and tell them to get off their lazy butts !

Carey said...

Love it! Where did you get all of those facts? I want to steal it ... is there someone i can give credit to?

my family said...

can we "borrow" your facts?