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Christian Families Home Schooling a Child with Down Syndrome: Biblical Training Resources
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Diane Brown
120 Lullwater Road
Greenville, SC 29607
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This material would be for Down syndrome children of all ages

"And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up."
Deuteronomy 6:7

The "Old Nature"
     Your child may have been born with Down syndrome but he was born with an old nature too. He needs training just as much as your other children. There are some things to remember as you train your child with Down syndrome:

The Best Source for Child Training
     Remember that the number one book on child training is God's Word. Biblical principles on child training apply to your special needs child as well. You might begin a Bible study in Deuteronomy chapter 6 and then use a concordance to check other references.

Additional Resources
     The following additional books can be used along with your biblical study. Many of the books can be found in Christian bookstores, at home school conventions, or you can write to the address given.

Training Requires a Plan of Action
     Do you see any behaviors in your child that need to be changed? After studying the Bible and reading some good child training books, both parents should sit down and decide if any changes need to occur in the current training system. If there are specific behaviors you want to see changed in your special needs child, get a sheet of paper and write down a list of unbiblical behaviors. Then decide which one to work on first.      Next get another sheet of paper and write at the top of the paper the behavior that needs attention. You might list a verse associated with this behavior. In the first paragraph write down all the details pertaining to this behavior: when and where it tends to occur and who is usually involved and so on. In the next paragraph, think of ways you might see this behavior coming before it gets too far along. What sets it off? Next, write what you, the parent, will do when you recognize this behavior. Finally, write the consequences that you will administer to your child as an outcome of his behavior. Before putting it into action, pray with your child, open your Bible, and explain within his level of understanding that God says what he is doing is wrong. Then show your child by demonstrating what it is he does and what he needs to do instead. Practice the desired behavior before your child actually needs to use it. (This depends on the behavior.)

"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him."
James 1:5

Revised: August 22, 2004.