Life with Down Syndrome – Functional Skills Continue to Improve

Recent research was conducted to help parents and clinicians indicated that functional skills continue to improve throughout life with Down Syndrome.

Recent research indicates that functional skills continue to improve throughout life with Down Syndrome. The American Journal of Medical Genetics published research examining the range of functional abilities found in people with Down syndrome in order to help parents and clinicians. Survey of Life with Down Syndrome A survey was conducted with 2658 parents from […]

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Whole Body Vibration to Improve Balance/Strength and Down Syndrome

A randomized controlled study was published on 30 children with Down syndrome, where 15 children received physical therapy and 15 children received physical therapy and whole body vibration training. Both groups participated 3x/week for 6 months. The groups underwent stability testing and muscle strength testing before and after the 6 mos of the treatment program. […]

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Fine Motor and Cognitive Skills in Down Syndrome

The International Journal of Disability, Development and Education has published research on 12 adolescents with Down syndrome.  Each individual participated in the Corsi-Block tapping test (e.g., visual working memory), the Auditory Memory span test (e.g., verbal working memory) and the Tower of London test (e.g., cognitive planning), and motor control, measured by the Purdue Pegboard (e.g., fine […]

Partial Body Weight Treadmill Training in Children Under 6

A research review was published on treadmill interventions with partial body weight support in children under six years of age at risk of neuromotor delay.  Five diverse studies were included on treadmill training in 139 children.  Data was only included from three studies because the 5 studies were so diverse.  These 3 studies all had […]


Research on Muscle Weakness in Down Syndrome

A recent research study using a mouse model was published in the American Journal of Physiology – Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology comparing the soleus muscle in mice with Down syndrome and mice without Down syndrome. The results indicated that there was not a significant difference between the two groups of mice with regards to […]


Orthotic Use and Down Syndrome

A single subject, alternating treatment design was used to analyze the effectiveness of two different supramalleolar orthotics.  Two children with Down syndrome each participated in three phases: without orthotics, SureStep orthotic and the DAFO #4 orthotic.  Using the Gross Motor Function Measure, results indicated improvements in both children with the SureStep orthotic and child #1 […]


Wii Use and Down Syndrome

A case study was published in Pediatric Physical Therapy regarding a 12 year old with a diagnosis of Down Syndrome who followed a home program using the Wii. The 12 year old used the Wii 4 times per week for 20 minute sessions over a period of 8 weeks. The family was encouraged to participate. […]


Bicycle Riding and Down Syndrome

Physical Therapy has published research on the effects of bicycle riding on children with Down Syndrome. Two groups of children with Down Syndrome ranging in age from 8-15 years old participated in the study. The experimental group was taught how to ride a bicycle over a five day period. The control group received no intervention […]

Strength and Balance Training – Down Syndrome

A randomized controlled trial on strength and balance training in children with down syndrome was published in Clinical Rehabilitation . Twenty three children with Down Syndrome were divided into two groups – an experimental group who received 6 weeks of progressive resistive exercise and balance training and a control group (no intervention). The results indicated […]

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Orthotics Affect on Upper Extremity Use

The Spring 2011 issue of Pediatric Physical Therapy published an interesting study on the use of supramalleolar orthoses and how they affect upper extremity use. Seventeen children with Down Syndrome were divided into two groups of treadmill training – one group of children wore supramalleolar orthoses and the other group did not. Both groups of […]