Living with Someone with Down Syndrome

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: What is it like to live with someone who has Down syndrome?
Air Date: 4/6/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Korby Calley, Executive Director at D&S Community Services
Korby-CalleyKorby Calley was born and raised on a cattle ranch in Snyder, Texas. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree from Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas, Korby earned her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Psychology at Hardin-Simmons University.  Korby gained experience as a marriage and family therapist until she took over as the Director of Family Services at a home health company specializing in help for medically fragile children. With a desire to serve those in need, Korby has managed and assisted with numerous fundraisers including 5k races, auctions, philanthropy drives, and fashion shows. Korby is now the Executive Director for D&S Community Services, a company whose mission is to promote optimal independence and quality of life by providing exceptional person-centered services for the intellectually disabled and aged populations. As the Executive Director, Korby is able to apply her knowledge and expertise to help enrich the lives of those with intellectual and developmental differences.

Living with Someone with Down Syndrome
Down syndrome is a genetic condition typically identified at birth. It causes delays in physical and intellectual development. Those born with Down syndrome have 47 chromosomes instead of 46.

Children born with Down syndrome have special needs for addressing mild to moderate impairments. They may require speech, physical and developmental therapies.

Some Downs children need a specialized program in school, while others are fine in regular classes. They are often more prone to infection, and may have respiratory, vision and hearing problems. Some have thyroid issues, and some have heart conditions. Downs individuals may need extra TLC for their health.

Despite the setbacks, Down syndrome individuals can live rich and full lives. Many are active in their communities and find success in the workplace as adults. It's important to encourage them to pursue their talents and areas of interest.

Listen in as Korby Calley, Executive Director for D&S Community Services, shares what it's like to live with someone with Down syndrome.


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