Children with Down syndrome respond well to structure and routine. They like to know what the rules are and what is expected of them. We should expect our children to show age-appropriate behaviours, like all children they will try to get away with whatever they can!
Do set rules at home and insist they are followed. You need to be consistent in your approach. The ultimate aim is to have children who know that there are rules and that you need to follow them in order to fit in socially with others in the community.
If you have a specific behaviour problem you wish to discuss with our Family Support Worker Julie Ireland, call the office on (08) 9368 4002 or email Julie on firstname.lastname@example.org
Articles and Information
Stubborn is…as stubborn does by Carol Johnson
Q & A about behaviour by Bonnie J Patterson, MD
Addressing challenging behaviour in children with Down Syndrome : the use of applied behaviour analysis for assessment and intervention by Kathleen Feeley and Emily Jones
Brown, Vicki Behaviour Management
Behaviour Management (Secondary Supplement)
Dodd, Susan Managing Problem Behaviours
Green, Dr Christopher Todler Taming : Volume 6 Children with Disabilities [VHS video]
Janney, Rachel and Martha Snell Behavioural Support
McGuire, Dennis and Brian Chicoine Mental Wellness in Adults with Down Syndrome
For lots of good general advice and ‘behaviour toolkits’ visit www.raisingchildren.net.au