Puberty and Adolescence

Adolescence is a time of change for any young person. Often, this is the time when young people may want more independence and to be responsible for making decisions for themselves. There are also physical and psychological changes which happen during this time. Adolescence is also a transition point for many young people to start high school and to start thinking about what they want to do after they finish school. Each of these areas bring opportunities and challenges for a young person with Down syndrome. Parents naturally worry about normal things like social pressures, vulnerability, sexuality and physical safety. Just like other teens, adolescents with Down syndrome also need to learn about their bodies, relationships and sexuality.

This guide has been developed for parents and families to provide information about adolescence and Down syndrome.  It is not necessarily meant to be read in one sitting, and families may find one or more of the topics to be of interest at a particular point in time. And we are always here to provide support and information.  E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Adolescence Guide

Young Adults

Young adults who have Down syndrome are now living more independent lives, in situations of their own choosing, with supports geared to their inidivudal needs.  Some may want to enter the workforce for the same reasons as everyone else.  In the past, planning for adult life for a person with down syndrome was usually mainly focussed on getting a job or daytime activity and securing accommodation.  These days, life is also about helping a peson with Down syndrome to take on a full and valued role in society, taking into account all aspect's of the person's life including further education, employment, social interest, family life and independent living options.

Our team at Down Syndrome NSW comprises of professional ability along with lived experience.  We are here to support and assist you as your family member with Down syndrome progresses through life into adulthood.

You might like to try our young adult social group UP!Club - a state-wide social connection group for 18+ years old, who meet regularly in their areas to socialise, imrpove their living skills and check out what's happening in the community.

 

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Find out more about UP!Club

 

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Living Independently Guide


Health and Aging

People with Down syndrome are living longer and healthier lives than ever before. In Australia most people with Down syndrome can now expect to live on average to 60 years of age, and more than one in ten adults with Down syndrome will live to 70 years. As we get older we are all prone to age related health conditions. Older adults with Down syndrome experience some age-related conditions at a younger age and more often than people in general.

Down Syndrome Australia has developed resources to provide evidenced-based advice to health professionals to better understand how to support people with Down syndrome within the health system. Resources have also been developed for people with Down syndrome and their families to be prepared and informed about hospital stays, building relationships with GPs and decision making.

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Health and Aging Guide

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Dementia - A Guide for Families

Community Inclusion Toolkit - Health

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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