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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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 […]