for FAMILiES OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE WITH DOWN'S SYNDROME

Young people and teens with Down's syndrome

After the challenges of the Early Years, having an older child brings different times, amazing times, and sometimes challenging times.



Puberty


Many parents are concerned about puberty in their children with Down's Syndrome.  Mood swings, pushing boundaries, tiredness, feeling confused, crushes, first loves and spending ages in the bathroom… Whilst these changes may occur a little later than in people without Down’s syndrome, young people with Down’s syndrome will essentially be just like any other teenager. Sex and relationships, wanting independence, good personal hygiene, needing personal space and building good self-esteem are all issues that you will need to think about as your son or daughter grows up.


For further advice ask to speak to one of our parents of an older childk, and see the DSA website here