Down’s Syndrome


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Down’s Syndrome

Down’s Syndrome is a genetic condition that causes some level of learning disabilities and a range of physical features. Children with Down’s Syndrome are likely to have reduced muscle tone and muscle weakness leading to difficulty in completing occupations both at home and at school.

An occupational therapist would be able to provide assessment and treatment for Down’s Syndrome, identifying the key learning difficulties and how these are impacting both the school and the home environment, identifying how reduced muscle tone is resulting in poor occupational performance, and offering treatment to manage these symptoms.

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Does your child have any of the following difficulties?

Down’s Syndrome is typically characterized by facial features such as eyes that slant upwards and outwards, a round-shaped face, a small nose, and a flat nasal bridge. Down’s Syndrome often results in the following difficulties:

  • Reduced muscle tone
  • Hyper-flexibility
  • Muscle weakness
  • Poor grip
  • Poor handwriting
  • Co-ordination difficulties
  • Delayed development in fine and gross motor skills

An occupational therapist would be able to provide effective treatment and assessment of the level of disability that Down’s Syndrome is impacting upon your child. The occupational therapist would work together with you and your child to achieve the goals that you would like to achieve.

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