Family & Friends
Finding out that someone close to you has had a baby with Down syndrome can be a confusing and overwhelming time. Alongside your excitement and joy at the arrival of the new baby, you may be experiencing reactions of shock and grief, similar to those sometimes experienced by parents. You may be unsure about what to say, how to react, and what you can do to help.
Perhaps the most helpful thing you can do is to assure the parents of your unconditional love and support for them, and their new baby. This love and support can be demonstrated through words, cards, visits, comments, and/or actions. It can be helpful to find out some information about Down syndrome to ensure that your perceptions aren't based on outdated information or stereotypes. The Information for Family and Friends booklet, Information for Grandparents booklet and the information sheets below provide some important information to get you started.
Most importantly, remember that having Down syndrome is just one part of what will make this brand new little person who they are so don't forget to celebrate and do all of the things you ordinarily would when a new baby is born.
Useful Downloads and Links
- Fathers Booklet
A DSAQ booklet developed for fathers
- Grandparents Booklet
A DSAQ booklet for grandparents at the time of diagnosis
- 'What is Down syndrome' - Factsheet
An introductory fact sheet that covers the basics of 'What is Down syndrome?'
- 'Down syndrome - The Facts' - Factsheet
More important facts on Down syndrome
- 'Supporting a person with Down syndrome' - Factsheet
Tips on how to best support a person with Down syndrome to reach their potential
Further Information and Support
For further information and support please contact the team at DSAQ on (07) 3356 6655 or at [email protected]