What is Down syndrome?
Down syndrome is a genetic condition involving an extra chromosome that delays an affected child’s physical and intellectual development. It’s the most common chromosomal disorder. Doctors usually diagnose Down syndrome at birth, or it can be identified through a prenatal test.
Babies with Down syndrome share typical physical characteristics that early therapy can help with a great deal. These include:
- Low muscle tone, also known as hypotonia
- Protruding tongue
- Delayed gross motor development (crawling, walking, etc.)
- Feeding difficulties
- Mild to moderate intellectual impairment
How can I help my child with Down syndrome?
Though children with Down syndrome can have various types of delays and impairments, they are more like other children than they are different. They respond well to physical, occupational, and speech language therapy, which can all help a child with Down syndrome reach his or her full developmental and cognitive potential.
Here at CTS, we suggest you start early with pediatric therapy – shortly after birth. We offer a full range of therapies tailored to children with Down syndrome, and modify them to meet the specific needs of each individual child.