What Down syndrome is:
- occurs when, during cell division at conception, an error creates three copies of the 21st chromosome instead of the normal two. Because of the triplication, it’s also known as Trisomy 21, or T21 for short. Any chromosome, or part of a chromosome, can be triplicated. Most of these, however, do not allow a baby to make it to birth. T21, then, is the most common genetic abnormality in live births.
- an alteration that can make it harder for individuals to learn. However, it does NOT make them incapable of learning. New theories are unfolding that are teaching US how better to teach these kiddos. While it’s true that it generally comes with some degree of cognitive disability, that degree is widely variable. In fact, new research is showing that there’s a tighter correspondence between the IQ of a child and their parents than the child and their peers with Ds.
- a list of common physical features. Kids with Down syndrome look similar. However, they first and foremost look like their families!
- a syndrome that raises the cute quotient by approximately 10 fold. Don’t believe me? Take a gander at the munchkins on the list to the left. Just be prepared for your teeth to ache from the sweetness.
Down syndrome is NOT:
Piper is Piper, and we couldn’t possibly be more in love. We love her for all of her- 47 chromosomes and all!