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Are down syndrome and autism similar?

No! Down’s Syndrome is a genetic abnormality that results in developmental disabilities & other problems; Autism’s cause is unknown & it results in an impaired ability to understand the world but not always developmental disabilities! ! Any Suggestions here?

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  1. Yuriko Reply:

    According to the Disabled World online database, cognitive disabilities can take many forms, including Down syndrome, autism and learning disabilities like Source:http://www.ehow.com/list_6306307_activities-cognitive-disabilities-teaching-children.html

  2. Amberly Reply:

    They are highly dissimilar conditions. I know more about autism than Downs but children with Downs usually have other symptoms and congenital defects (such as heart defects) that typically but not always reduce their lifespan. Autism is a n

  3. Kaylee Reply:

    I have a brother who has Downs Syndrome. He has learning difficulties and his speech isn’t too good but his family can understand him… only some of his words are understandable by everybody, and Downs Syndrome people aren’t too good at le… Source:http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_difference_between_Aspergers_and_autism_and_Down_syndrome

  4. Margit Reply:

    They are highly dissimilar conditions. I know more about autism than Downs but children with Downs usually have other symptoms and congenital defects (such as heart defects) that typically but not always reduce their lifespan. Autism is a n… Source:http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080614034135AATziPb

  5. Laurel Reply:

    There’s a big difference (I am autistic.) First off: People with Down Syndrome have a physical handicap, and suffer from a genetic disorder that gives them great problems in everyday life, both mental and physical (Although a few can live a… Source:http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_the_similarities_and_differences_between_down_syndrome_and_Autism

  6. Francesca Reply:

    How is autism and asperger’s syndrome similar or different? writing notes on these two help please? if you have any links diseases and kinda confused so that would be great bu

  7. Oralia Reply:

    I used to work in an elementary Autism program! For every student and every class its going to look a little different! Your best place to start is requesting to see the kids IEPs! Its possible your school wont permit it, but if you are working directly with a student its important for you to understand their goals and objectives! Typically if a student has severe behavior issues there would be something in the IEP or as a seperate Behavior Plan created by a specialist! When going into a class like this you shouldnt feel alone!!!theres a big paper trail for a reason, it will help you! Also, talk to other teachers, SLP/OTs, or parents! Seriously, I tried to figure things out on my own, but collaboration is really important!Also, there is a lot of trial and error as you get to know what works for kids! Dont be discouraged if something doesnt work right away! Sometimes it takes a while for a student to learn to use a certain tool or routine and sometimes its just not a good fit! For autism spectrum disorder I would suggest lots of visuals (for verbal and non-verbal students alike)! Picture schedules that velcro so students can remove tasks as they finish them work great to work towards independent work! Sometimes using separate boxes or drawers that have 3 or 4 activities will get your kid to know what they need to finish and its all clearly organized!Ive found that using a behaviorist theory of reward systems work well! example: kid earns 5 stars and he gets free choice time or goldfish crackers or whatever floats their boat! Depending on the kid they can earn stars for different things! If behaviors and issue they can be rewarded for good behavior and removed for bad! Again, it will all depend on the student! There are tons of sources online that are helpful! A book I am using now in my masters program that seems pretty good is calls Teaching Special Students in General Education Classrooms by Lewis and Doorlag! Hope some of that was helpful!

  8. Harriet Reply:

    Both autism and Asperger's Syndrome are autism spectrum disorders. For a link to a question comparing both, Is Down syndrome the same as Rett syndrome?

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