Question: Do Down syndrome people talk to themselves?

Parents of children and adults with Down syndrome have observed many of them engage in self-talk or private speech. They may use self-talk to work out situations, express inner feelings, and entertain themselves. Some reports have stressed that this behaviour is not a delusion or hallucination.

Is it normal for Down syndrome to talk to themselves?

It is important to understand that self-talk is normal behavior in adults with Down syndrome, as it serves other important roles in their lives. As we see in children, self-talk is essential for cognitive development, as it helps with the coordination of thoughts and actions as well as the development of new skills.

Why do Down syndrome adults talk to themselves?

Adults with Down syndrome are at greater risk for social isolation, and the challenges of daily living can be daunting. Additionally, we have found that many adults with Down syndrome rely on self-talk to vent feelings such as sadness or frustration. They think out loud in order to process daily life events.

How do people with Down syndrome refer to themselves?

People with Down syndrome and other medical diagnoses should always be referred to as people first. Instead of describing someone as “a Down syndrome child,” it should be “a child with Down syndrome.” This is called “person first” language and takes care to put the emphasis on a person, not a disability.

Are children with Down syndrome aggressive?

It has been speculated that there is a personality/behavioural phenotype among people with Downs syndrome, although research has been inconclusive. There is little evidence to support severe psychotic disturbance and aggressive behaviours being common in the Downs syndrome population.

How do you talk to an adult with Down syndrome?

Always speak directly with the person with Down syndrome, not the person with them. Give them time to respond. Take their lead on what support they need to communicate. Know that every person with Down syndrome is unique, with their individual personality, strengths and support needs.

Is it OK to say Down syndrome?

People with Down syndrome should always be referred to as people first. Instead of a Down syndrome child, it should be a child with Down syndrome. Also avoid Downs child and describing the condition as Downs, as in, He has Downs.” Down syndrome is a condition or a syndrome, not a disease.

How do you care for someone with Down syndrome?

7 Tips for Caring for a Child with Down SyndromeNever Stop Learning. One of the best things you can do is to research the chromosomal condition as much as you can. Have a Plan. Help Their Growth and Development. Join a Support Group. Let Your Child Be in Control (Sometimes) Have a Set Routine. Make Time for Self-Care.18 Jul 2019

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