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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceSpecial Education · 10 years ago

Are down-syndrome children calmer than other children?

I'm analyzing a poem entitled "A Mongoloid Child Handling Shells on the Beach" by Richard Snyder.

She turns them over in her slow hands,

as did the sea sending them to her:

broken bits from the mazarine maze,

they are the calmest things on this sand.

The unbroken children splash and shout,

rough as surf, gay as their nesting towels.

But she plays soberly with the sea's

small change and hums back to it its slow vowels.

Someone suggested that while the other children play on the beach, she calmly walks with these broken shells and observes them, then hums the sound that the ocean makes as though admiring it. I had figured children with down-syndrome had as much energy as these other children and the same want to play.


I don't see the word "aphotzemia" anywhere online

Update 2:

ha, you're in HS...

4 Answers

  • jayne
    Lv 7
    10 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Children with Down Syndrome, like ALL children, have their own personalities. Some may be "calmer" and some are "rowdy". There really is no such thing as a stereotypical child with Down Syndrome. All children are unique, even children with developmental disabilities.

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  • 10 years ago

    look deeper into the poem...this young girl finds amazement in the smallest things that the world holds. while "typical" children play in the surf and are in some ways oblivious to the shells because of their insignificance to their lives (view the children as society as a whole). she (one who is often overlooked in society) has a connection with the shells. she sees their beauty and knows they have a place in this she does, but society in so many ways overlooks her.

    to answer your

    children with DS are not always calmer...they are individuals just like everyone else and they have their loud and crazy days too.

    Source(s): mom to a little boy with down syndrome
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  • 4 years ago

    i have a little experience working with down syndrome students. they are all different, just like you and your friends are different. just keep in mind that they can be entertained or intrigued by simple things. they love simple objects. and make sure you don't give them anything that they could accidently hurt themselves with . try giving him/her a ball to start off with. or find some kind of interactive toy here they can move the pieces around.

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  • 10 years ago

    What your reading about is a rare case of aphotzemia - commonly mistaken for downsyndrome. It's basically where the neural connections are so strong (basically she is so smart) that the brain is unable to process the gthoughts cohesively into physical actions, and thus while they are a genius inside, they find it difficult to express this physically . Although medication can help to reduce the effects and help them to lead a normal life, it also drastically reduces their intelligence to that of simply above average.

    Source(s): Medical Neuro-scientist for 7 years.
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