Saturday, October 24, 2009
How well does discipline work for your child with Down syndrome
So today, Penny was a really "bad baby." She bit Nathaniel on the cheek. Really badly. I put her in the time out corner. This was the second time I ever put her in time out. It took her awhile to stay there, but finally she got the point.
After two minutes of continuous sitting, I let her get up and led her back to her brother. I pointed to his cheek and told her that what she did hurt him and I asked her to say sorry. Boy did she cry!!! Was she said that she hurt her brother. I don't think so since I don't believe children at that age can feel empathy. But maybe a person with Down syndrome are more advanced in that area? Who am I to judge? I think it more likely that she was upset by my tone and that she was put in time out.
What do you think?