A Parent Of A Child Diagnosed With Down Syndrome

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Becoming a parent for the first time is often frightening, no parent wants his or her child to be sick, disabled, or harmed in any way. It is not an experience anyone expects to have, it is a journey that is unplanned. Heather is the mother of a child diagnosed with Down syndrome. Heather shared her story, along with the everyday struggles she faces, in a personal interview about her child’s diagnosis of Down syndrome. Though she may face many struggles, she has found hope throughout different therapeutic interventions. Occupational therapy has played a key role in Kaleb’s everyday performance. As a first time mother, Heather was offered an alpha-fetoprotein blood test during her second trimester of pregnancy which screens for different types of issues the unborn baby may have. She chose to take the test and received alarming news that there was a 1:80 chance of her child having Down syndrome. According to Dictionary.com, Down syndrome is defined as a “congenital disorder arising from a chromosome defect, causing intellectual impairment and physical abnormalities including short stature and a broad facial profile. It arises from a defect involving chromosome 21, usually an extra copy (Dictionary. Reference, 2016).” Down syndrome is a lifelong condition and is accompanied with distinctive physical features. Each case varies and has different effects, however, distinctive physical features and some degree of cognitive disabilities are often some of the most common
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