Down Syndrome

By Casey Dowllar

Down Syndrome

1. Trisomy 21, Mosacism, and Translocation are all common names.

2. Down syndrome is caused by dis junction and problems with cell division

3. This affects chromosome 21, with making 3 pairs instead of 2 like usual.

4. There are Parental Tests for this disorder such as screening, and diagnostics tests.



Physical Symptoms

1. Poor muscle tone

2. Flattened face and nose

3. Slow development

4. Short hands and fingers

Mental symptoms

1. short attention span

2. poor judgement

3. slow learning

4. impulsive behavior

Fun Facts

1. There are estimated 400,000 people in the United States with down syndrome. 1 out of 691 live births, a kid will have down syndrome.

2. People are candidates to down syndrome.

3. Down syndrome is neither Sex-linked, recessive, or dominant. It happens when an extra 21 chromosome is present within the body.

Down Syndrome With Adults

All of the babies born in the U.S. have to grow up sometimes. So it's not uncommon for adults to have down syndrome either. Adults with down syndrome will be close to the same as they were to when they were about 12-15 years old. They will grow the same as "normal human beings" but just won't be as mentally developed. For adults and kids with down syndrome, there are facilities where people work and help out others with down syndrome. Adults with down syndrome can still live an every day life like you and me but, they just might be a little slower getting up and around the house, cooking food, and transportation. I say transportation because not every one with down syndrome can drive a car, they would have to take a bus.


There is not a treatment out there today that can treat people with down syndrome. But as I have kept reading, there has been recent advancements in research and there might be a drug in the future for down syndrome patients to take. If that drug was to succeed, the people with down syndrome will be able to live their lives more independently. Not saying that this drug will make them "normal" but it will make it pretty close.

MLA Citations

Brown, Roy. "Life for Adults with Down Syndrome – an Overview." Down Syndrome Issues and Information. Down Syndrome Education International, n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2015.

Bryant, Michael. "Facts and FAQ About Down Syndrome." Down Syndrome. The Global Down Syndrome Foundation, 20 Sept. 2009. Web. 30 Apr. 2015.

Matthews, Anne L. "Down syndrome." World Book Student. World Book, 2015. Web. 1 May 2015.

Underwood, Emily. "Can Down Syndrome Be Treated?" Can Down Syndrome Be Treated? AAAS, 28 Feb. 2014. Web. 30 Apr. 2015.