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Can I tell you about Down Syndrome? A Guide for Friends, Family and Professionals

Written by Elizabeth Elliott

Illustrated by Manjit Thapp

Part of the Can I Tell You About...? Series

Can I tell you about Down Syndrome? A Guide for Friends, Family and Professionals Synopsis

Meet David - a boy with Down syndrome. David invites readers to learn about Down syndrome from his perspective, helping them to understand what Down syndrome is and how it affects his daily life. He explains that he sometimes needs extra help at home and school and suggests ways that those around him can help him to feel supported. This illustrated book is ideal for young people aged 7 upwards, as well as parents, friends, teachers, social workers and other professionals working with children with Down syndrome. It is also an excellent starting point for family and classroom discussions.

Can I tell you about Down Syndrome? A Guide for Friends, Family and Professionals Press Reviews

David, who is 12, has Down Syndrome and tells the story himself, and this gives it an immediacy that is important... David begins by saying 'Don't; forget that I'm just David. Down syndrome is not the biggest part of me!'... Black and white illustrations are a good addition, and there is advice to teachers, to families and to parents. An excellent list of publications, resources and organisations lends a lot of importance to this book. It will be of importance to anyone who knows, teaches, loves or meets someone with DS. -- Healthy Books * healthybooks.org.uk * Dr Elliott has written a very accessible and informative book, which will help parents, children, teachers and other professionals understand more about what it is like to have Down's syndrome. Down's syndrome is a relatively common condition and it is important for people to be well-informed in this area. In simple language, this book helps the reader understand things from the perspective of the individual concerned, and in this sense particularly, it is a very useful addition to the literature in this field. -- Dr Jon Goldin, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Joint Training Programme Director, Mildred Creak Unit, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust This book is a breath of fresh air! Written in the first person and accompanied by beautiful illustrations, this book is accessible, factual, yet warm and personal, a testament to the love and commitment of Elizabeth's family. The book is easy to digest and packed with myth-busting information. Elizabeth has created a shining light of positivity that will be cherished by many, and will spark important conversations about Down Syndrome today. -- Hayley Goleniowska, Downs Side Up, blogger, author, speaker and advocate

Book Information

ISBN: 9781849055017
Publication date: 21st October 2015
Author: Elizabeth Elliott
Illustrator: Manjit Thapp
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 48 pages

About Elizabeth Elliott

Elizabeth Elliott has been a trustee for the Downs Syndrome Research Foundation UK for over 15 years and is their current Chair. She has liaised and worked with professionals and families to explain, lobby for, and educate about DS. She is a child and adolescent psychiatrist based in London, UK.

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