Childhood is a time in her life of innocence and play and it’s not different for a child with Turner Syndrome.
The first five years are especially crucial for physical, intellectual, and social-emotional development. A major change for a young school aged girl is that she spends a great deal of her time in a structured learning environment. For some this is when differences may be noticed, especially with her size, behaviors, and learning issues. Keep your child’s personality and age in mind when looking for child care experiences and activities. Early screening and interventions will have a significant impact to her growth and cognitive development.
According to Erik Erikson’s stages of psychosocial development, children at this age are becoming more aware of themselves as individuals. They work hard at being responsible, being good and doing it right. They are now more reasonable to share and cooperate. Girls with Turner Syndrome may have underlying issues, such as sensory, attention, and hearing that can impact this phase of development.
You can see children’s development by how they play, learn, speak, and act. Parents play a critical role in daughter’s development. Providing a safe and loving home and spending time together – playing, singing, reading, and even just talking – can make a big difference!
Appreciate your child for the unique, lovable person she is. How you interact during an activity is what’s most important. Remember that helping her develop good feelings about herself is also doing things with her, not just for her.
“Children are our greatest treasure. They are our future.” Nelson Mandela
Help your child come to terms with her diagnosis of Turner Syndrome with the Tina Talk Turner’s video and companion book. Tina is a friend who understands what she’s going through and shares her own journey in child-friendly terms. Learn more.