Occupational therapy can play an important role in assisting individuals with Down syndrome from diagnosis to adulthood. “Occupational therapy helps individuals with Down syndrome by creating programs to develop and utilize skills across the lifespan,” says Asher. “[This enables] them to live life to its fullest.”
How can an occupational therapist help someone with Down syndrome?
Occupational therapy treatment available for Down’s Syndrome
- Fine motor improvement therapy.
- Gross motor activity training.
- Home or school visit.
- Improved handwriting.
- Improved social skills.
- Improved grip and skills involving carrying objects.
- Increased independence in getting dressed and planning their day.
Why would a child need occupational therapy?
OT helps kids play, improves their school performance, and aids their daily activities. It also boosts their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment. With OT, kids can: Develop fine motor skills so they can grasp and release toys and develop good handwriting or computer skills.
What are the limitations of Down syndrome?
Hearing problems, probably caused by repeated ear infections. Hip problems and risk of dislocation. Long-term (chronic) constipation problems. Sleep apnea (because the mouth, throat, and airway are narrowed in children with Down syndrome)
How does occupational therapy help behavior?
Occupational therapy (OT) directly benefits applied behavioral analysis activities and programs. Occupational therapists help children with sensory experiences involving sights, smells, touch, sounds, tastes and movement.
Can a Down syndrome child look normal?
Some of the children with Mosaic Down syndrome that we know do not actually look as if they have Down syndrome – the usual physical features are not obvious. This raises some important and difficult social issues and identity issues for both parents and children, which parents have discussed with us.