Downs Syndrome

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BIOGRAPHY:

Age: Ageless

Best Friend: Lil’ Bud and Mr. Pleomorph

Special Need: Down Syndrome

Birthday: October 2

Hobbies: Make Friends

Favorite Movie: Toy Story

Favorite Vacation:  Doesn’t remember

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ABOUT THE SPECIAL NEED:

Chromosomes are structures in human cells that hold our genes.  There are 46 numbered chromosomes in the human cell.  22 pairs of these chromosomes look the same and 1 set of these Chromosomes determine the sex of the human.  These are the X and Y Chromosomes.

Down Syndrome is a genetic disorder that is caused by the presence of all or part of the third copy of chromosome 21.  A Down’s Syndrome patient has growth delays, facial features, and mild to moderate intellectual disability. Down’s Syndrome is the most common chromosome abnormality in humans.  It occurs in 1 in 1000 births.  These patients typically occur in older women who give birth.  Prenatal screening and blood tests can identify Down Syndrome.   Education and proper medical care improve the quality of life in a Down’s Syndrome patient.