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Parents of children with Down syndrome face special challenges. Learn what some of those challenges are and how to cope with them.

Adoption and Down Syndrome
There are waiting lists to adopt children with Down syndrome and many would-be parents eagerly await their new arrival. Do you think that these parents are given adequate information about Down syndrome and are prepared to raise a child with Down syndrome?

Daily Life with Down Syndrome
Children with Down syndrome don't exist in a vacuum of early intervention services and specialized medical care, they are parts of families and communities. Read here to learn more about how Down syndrome can affect your family and how you can help your child interact positively with their community.

What Advice Do You Have for New Parents of a Baby with Down Syndrome?
Often the best advice on how to cope with a new diagnosis comes from parents who have been there. If you are the parent of a child with Down syndrome, what advice woud you share with the parents of a newly diagnosed infant?

Special Needs Toys: Tips for Parents
Are you confused about what toys to buy for your child with Down syndrome? Use these helpful tips to guide your search for the perfect toy.

The First Few Days After the Diagnosis
The first few days after learning your child's diagnosis can be frightening and emotionally overwhelming. There are some things that you can do to help you through this time

Myths, Misconceptions and Facts about Down Syndrome
Although it is a common disorder, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions about Down syndrome. Check your facts here.

What to Say to New Parents
Specific phrases and sentiments that may be helpful in talking to parents of a new infant with Down syndrome.

Twelve Parental Right for Parent of Children with Special Needs
When you have a child with special needs, you often end up working with a team of experts. With all the expert advice that you are receiving, it is easy for parenting to fall by the wayside. Remember you are the expert parent of your child and you have rights as well. These rights are a summary of the article "Twelve Parental Rights" written by Kay Ferrell, a parent of a child with special needs.

Siblings of Children with Special Needs
Tips for dealing with the needs of children with special needs siblings. Although this article is from the Autism Research Group, I thought that many of the tips and issues apply to kids with siblings with Down syndrome as well.

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