Children with Down's syndrome should have regular check-ups with a children's doctor (paediatrician) or a GP.
This is because there are conditions they may be more likely to have.
It could help for them to see:
- a speech and language therapist – for help with speaking
- a physiotherapist – for help walking if they have low muscle tone
- an optician or hearing specialist – for help with vision and hearing
- an occupational therapist – for help with their development
Speak to a GP, health visitor or your local council to find out how your child can get these services.
Support with education
Choosing a school or college
Lots of children with Down's syndrome go to mainstream schools.
There are also special schools and colleges for children and young people who might need more help.
Where your child goes depends on:
- the help your child needs
- what's available where you live
You can visit schools and colleges in your area and ask the staff how they can meet your child's needs.
Special educational needs support
Children with Down's syndrome will get special educational needs support at their school or college.
Special educational needs support might include things like:
- extra support from a teacher or assistant
- help taking part in lessons
- support with things like eating and getting around school
If your child needs more support
You can apply for an education, health and care plan (EHC plan, or EHCP).
This plan says what education and health needs your child has and what support they should get.
Having an EHC plan can either help:
- the school get extra money to support your child
- you apply for a place at a school that's better for your child