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Lovely Heritage Downsyndrome: About Us

About Lovely Heritage Downsyndrome

Lovely Heritage Down Syndrome (LHD) provides support to parents and carers of children and young people with Down Syndrome. We signpost people with Down’s syndrome, their parents and carers to other services in the community, while creating wider public awareness of the condition, which helps to reduce the social isolation of people with down syndrome and other forms of learning disability. We are creating a society where all individuals are valued irrespective of their abilities.

Three Different Types of Down Syndrome

Our Purpose

Lovely Heritage Down Syndrome is established to relieve the needs of children and young people with Down Syndrome or other learning disabilities by the provision of recreational activities and support for their parents and carers and raising awareness of the issues faced by children and young people with Down Syndrome or learning disabilities, their families and carers.

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Mission and Vision

Mission

To provide practical support for parents and carers of children with Down Syndrome Children.

Vision

Our vision is to bring inclusion in the community where individuals with Down Syndrome will be fully accepted.

Causes of Down Syndrome

Down syndrome occurs in people of all races and economic levels, though older women have an increased chance of having a child with Down syndrome. A 35 year old woman has about a one in 350 chance of conceiving a child with Down syndrome, and this chance increases gradually to 1 in 100 by age 40. At age 45 the incidence becomes approximately 1 in 30. The age of the mother does not seem to be linked to the risk of translocation.

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Screening tests

Screening tests in pregnancye

Physical characteristics

People with Down's syndrome often have certain physical characteristics. Not everyone will have all of them, but they may include:floppiness (hypotonia), small nose and flat nasal bridge, small mouth with a tongue that may stick out, eyes that slant upwards and outwards, a flat back of the head, broad hands with short fingers, their palm may have only one crease across it, below-average weight and length at birth. But people with Down's syndrome don't all look the same – they also look like their parents and family.

Delayed development

All children with Down's syndrome have some degree of learning disability and delayed development, but this varies widely between individual children. Children with Down's may be slower to learn skills like sitting, standing, walking, and talking. They will develop these skills eventually, it just takes more time. Around 1 in every 10 children with Down's also have other conditions, such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Children with Down's syndrome often need more support as they grow up, including extra help at school.

Contact Points

The Wells Centre
101, North Road Clayton
Manchester
M11 4WE

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Telephone: 0744 8657 946

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