3.2.1. Trisomy 21

3.2.1. Trisomy 21


Three. Two. One. Trisomy 21 Anne is going to a party. She is nervous to meet Frank because he has never met someone with Down syndrome before. It’s normal to be nervous to meet someone who is different Fortunately, we have tips to help and make a new friend. Step 1: Say hello, offer your name and ask them for theirs –eye contact– It May feel awkward to talk to a person with Down syndrome directly. Some people try to talk through the person next to them. Now imagine what it would look like if Dan weren’t there. –He’s gone– Ann would be talking to no one well. –Well, this is embarrassing– Also, is your adult voice when talking to someone with Downs. Especially if they’re an adult Because an adult for Down syndrome is an adult not a baby –Hey Anne, try again– Step 2: Listen actively Part of being a good listener is recognizing not everyone is the same. Individuals with Down syndrome are all different. Make sure to ask and listen to the person’s likes and dislikes If they don’t want a hug –He doesn’t want your hug, Anne– Offer them a handshake or skip it all together and just ask about some of their hobbies or interests sometimes When you’re listening to a person with Down syndrome You really want them to like you so you pretend that everything they are saying is really exciting –Wow, that’s so interesting– or they say they like baseball and you pretend to like baseball –No way, no way, me too– –Liar– even though you don’t Remember it’s okay to disagree, but just like a regular friend you want to do so respectfully Nice move, Anne Step three: People with Down syndrome are People We have feelings, dreams weakness and strengths Remember we are people. The words you say and how you use them matter. Sometimes People don’t know that a word or phrase is hurtful. –That’s [insert expletive]– Please don’t let this stop you from making a new friend with Down syndrome It’s okay to make mistakes Apologies can be tough. –Sorry– but will go a long way. –Oh there we go– Congratulations, Anne you’ve made a new friend

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