However, the necessary skills will only be learned if a teaching program is planned and the young person able to learn over a period of time, in small steps. During teenage years, difficult behavior causes stress in the family and reduces teenagers' learning and social opportunities. Submit a Story. This article follows on from the first article in the last issue Down Syndrome News and Update 2. The range of achievements for the whole group of 46 Hampshire teenagers is described in this article, with some comments on the implications of our findings for parents, teachers and carers. Number for teenagers with Down syndrome [ DSii ] contains a wide range of activities to develop number, money and time skills for teenagers.
This means that most teenagers could not travel about the local neighborhood without supervision.
Basic Behavioral Principles
Join Us Log In. The behavioral challenges seen in children with Down syndrome are usually not all that different from those seen in typically developing children. In the authors' experience, less cognitively able adults with good social behavior will be working and leading more fulfilling lives than more cognitively able individuals with poor social behavior. In adult life, a person who can behave in a socially acceptable manner can participate fully in community and social activities. On page 47 of the last issue Figure 1 illustrates significant progress in practical daily living skills, in social skills and in spoken language and literacy between the ages of 10 and 20 years. This suggests that some aspects of the inclusive education situation were enabling teenagers with Down syndrome to overcome some of the typical expressive language difficulties. We did not ask about doing the laundry or ironing, but most teenagers should be encouraged to learn all the domestic tasks which will enable them to care for their own rooms, laundry and shared areas in the house as they approach adulthood.