World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated around on the globe on March 21 - meaning we just celebrated! The date was chosen to be the 21st day of the 3rd month, to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome. Down Syndrome affects approximately 6,000 (1 in 700) babies born in the United States. Most children with Down Syndrome experience physical and developmental delays, may experience cognitive delays, and may require treatment for other physical conditions.
Early intervention for developmental delays is critical for a child with Down Syndrome.
As a physical therapist I work with children and their families on skills such as head control, sitting, crawling, postural control, standing, and walking. As a child ages, I often address other conditions associated with Down Syndrome such as obesity, cardiovascular health, depression, and difficulty learning complex movement patterns.
For more information please feel free to read the Guide to Down Syndrome created by the American Physical Therapy Association:
If your child has been recently diagnosed with Down Syndrome or is not currently receiving any Speech, Feeding, Occupational, or Physical Therapy Services, the Therapists at Jones Therapy Services would love to come alongside of you as we strive to allow your child to reach their optimal potential.
Hannah Wells, PT