Down’s Syndrome: The Essential Guide

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Finding out that your child has Down’s syndrome can be a time filled with worry and confusion. What does it mean for other members of the family? What adjustments will have to be made?

This guide explains in straightforward language what exactly Down’s syndrome is, how to accept the diagnosis and move forward, and what support is available should you need it.

Parents can use the book to find out what educational provisions are available, how to cope with new family dynamics and what can be done in the future to help a child with Down’s syndrome live happily and achieve their potential.

Providing expert information along with sources of support, this book is essential reading for all parents and carers of a child with Down’s syndrome.

Down’s syndrome affects around 750 babies in the United Kingdom each year. But what does a diagnosis mean for a child? And what adjustments does a family need to make?

“In my opinion this book is great, it has simple easy to read chapters so that you can dip in and out as things become relevant to you or read it in one sitting. There are facts, parents experiences and a very comprehensive list of support organisations – a fantastic resource for anyone with a child with Down’s Syndrome or who is caring for one.” Elaine of LittleSheep Learning
From the Interconnections Electronic Bulletin about children and young people (0-25) with disabilities / special needs

Down’s Syndrome – The Essential Guide, published 1st June 2010, is for parents who have just received news of their baby’s diagnosis, as well as parents who are already caring for a child with the condition. It covers all aspects of Down’s syndrome – from diagnosis to adulthood – ensuring that parents receive all the guidance they need to support their child and family.

In straightforward terms, this book looks at what Down’s syndrome is, screening and diagnosis, coping with changes to family life, education and schooling, health conditions, finance, working with professionals and preparing for adulthood.

Down’s Syndrome is the third book in the Need2Know series written by co-authors Antonia Chitty and Victoria Dawson. As they state, ‘By reading this book, you can develop your understanding of the condition and, perhaps more importantly, find out about the help available and how to access it.’

Providing expert information along with sources of support, this book is essential reading for parents and carers, as well as teachers and professionals working with Down’s syndrome children.

Published by Need2Know, Down’s Syndrome – The Essential Guide is the 41st in the series

and is available from:

the Need2Know website ( )

or by calling 01733 898103

or emailing

Publication Date: 1st June 2010 (Pre-publication copies available now).

ISBN: 978-1-86144-083-9

Binding: Paperback

Price: £8.99

Dimensions: 205mm x 195mm


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