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Most teens with Down syndrome are able to live healthy, happy lives. They have the same social needs as other teens. Most will want to date, make friends, and have close relationships. You can help prepare your child to do these things.
You can help your child learn about proper social skills and behaviour. But be aware of the social challenges and risks your child may face at this time. For example, these teens often don't have the same understanding of physical boundaries. They may not know when someone means to harm them.
Your teen may need extra support to learn adult life skills. And your teen may also need support to take care of their mental health. Your doctor can help you find resources for occupational therapy and counselling.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if your child has any problems.
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Current as of: September 20, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Louis Pellegrino MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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