For Families and Carers : Development

Girl with Down's syndrome wearing pink hat

Early Support

This is a guide for parent carers with children and young people who have Down’s syndrome.

In this guide you will find information on:
• Down’s syndrome
• how Down’s syndrome may affect you and your child
• where to go for further support and information

You may not want to read this guide all at once; you may find it more useful to refer to different sections over time. This information is freestanding, but you may want to use it alongside other
Early Support resources. The guide was developed by the Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA) for Early Support, in consultation with families and practitioners. The original version was developed by Down Syndrome Education International and the Down’s Syndrome Association in consultation with families and professionals.

Down’s syndrome and Down syndrome are different names for the same condition and you will
hear people use both terms. For simplicity, this resource uses Down syndrome throughout.

For more information, or call our helpline on 0333 1212 300.

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