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Staring and Mouthing


During a CdLS gathering, I noticed several children with their arms extended straight out in front of them, staring at their hands. Is there a reason for this? Also, why do children with the syndrome seem to mouth everything? Since this can be so dangerous, how can it be discouraged?

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Staring at hands (or feet) is a normal developmental phase which usually occurs in infancy. This interest in "self" sometimes occurs later among children with CdLS. Exploration of the "non-self" or mouthing of objects is another normal phase of infant development which sometimes occurs late in CdLS. There is no way to prevent this, so I suggest “child proofing” the environment by removing small, sharp objects or toxic substances from reach

LJ/ TK 7-13-10

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Adaptive behaviour in CdLS

Increasing adaptive skills to enhance independence should remain a focus throughout the lifespan and should include personalised specific goals and teaching strategies.
Additional developmental and educational support should be provided to individuals with CdLS to reach their maximum cognitive and educational potential, taking into account their specific cognitive impairments.
Cognitive strengths and weaknesses of individuals with CdLS should be assessed in order to design educational and interventional strategies.

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