Occupational therapy practitioners work with persons with Down syndrome to help them master skills for independence through self-care like feeding and dressing, fine and gross motor skills, school performance, and play and leisure activities.
How does therapy help people with Down syndrome?
Physical therapy includes activities and exercises that help build motor skills, increase muscle strength, and improve posture and balance. Physical therapy is important, especially early in a child’s life, because physical abilities lay the foundation for other skills.
How does Down syndrome affect occupational performance?
Children with Down Syndrome typically have low muscle tone, which makes coordination of gross motor and fine motor tasks difficult. An occupational therapist can assist the child in using their tone most effectively in order to increase their independence in motor movements and daily life activities.
How do occupational therapists help patients?
Occupational therapy (OT) is a branch of health care that helps people of all ages who have physical, sensory, or cognitive problems. OT can help them regain independence in all areas of their lives. Occupational therapists help with barriers that affect a person’s emotional, social, and physical needs.
Social worker: People with Down’s syndrome may need help in overcoming some social problems, such as finding accommodation or applying for financial benefits. A social worker will help them to do this, allowing them to live more independently.
What professionals can help with Down syndrome?
Other professionals who may be involved include: The school nurse and school medical officer. The child psychologist. Welfare rights advisors.
This can include:
- Social workers.
- Mental handicap nurses.
Does speech therapy help Down syndrome?
A child with Down’s Syndrome may be able to understand more than they are able to express. Our Speech and Language Therapists can help to increase their ability to express what they are feeling by increasing their vocabulary and developing a language programme that works on their expressive language and syntax skills.
What do pediatric occupational therapists do?
Pediatric occupational therapists work to improve the function and independence of children and teens with disabilities, injuries, or illnesses. They provide therapeutic interventions that help develop their fine motor skills, cognition, language skills, and more.
How does Down syndrome affect fine motor skills?
Children with Down syndrome can have difficulties with fine motor skills due to their low tone and/or hypermobility in their hands, wrist or elbows. Instability in the hands makes it much harder for our children to tackle higher level fine motor activities like using zips and buttons or cutting.