Teenager with DS

Friday - - Making A Difference -

Like all mums and dads, par­ents of chil­dren with Down’s syn­drome strug­gle to cope when they be­come teenagers. Hav­ing DS can be an added bar­rier as it’s hard to in­te­grate with main­stream chil­dren. That’s why the All 4 Down Syn­drome Dubai group has set up the Teen Scheme.

Says Re­becca, “Teen Scheme Dubai was started by my friend Sally Pear­son around five years ago. The teens and young adults in the group meet ev­ery other Satur­day and go bowl­ing or to dis­cos. One main­stream group of people is teamed with one spe­cial needs group, from the age of 15 to 20.

“Un­til a few years ago there was no so­cial life for spe­cial needs people. Through Teen Scheme I have to say my daugh­ter Ge­orgina has a great so­cial life. It used to break my heart un­til a year ago when her brother and sis­ter would be in­vited to birth­day par­ties, or their friends would pop over, while Ge­orgina would have no so­cial con­tact. But now, due to Teen Scheme, Ge­orgina has a busier so­cial life than her brother and sis­ter.”

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