Down’s syndrome is a chromosomal disorder caused by an additional 21st chromosome which causes abnormalities in physical and cognitive development.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF DOWN'S SYNDROME?
The presence of the additional chromosome causes characteristic features of down’s syndrome which may include, Low set, upward sloping eyes and small low set ears, Small mouth with large protruding tongue, flattened nose, broad hands, low birth weight and small stature, Additional complications may arise as a result of the chromosomal abnormality including heart abnormalities, sight and hearing problems, thyroid problems, poor immunity digestive problems and dementia. Most people with down’s syndrome have learning difficulties and can be slower in their development although the severity varies.
WHOW CAN PHYSIOTHERAPY HELP CHILDREN WITH DOWN'S SYNDROME?
Early physiotherapy for children with down’s syndrome can help address developmental problems and muscle weakness to maximise function and quality of life.our team of specialist physiotherapist can help. Promote achievement of gross motor skills such as sitting, crawling, standing, improve independence in functional activities, improve muscle strength posture and balance,improve quality of life and confidence, reduce the risk of secondary joint problems in later life as a result of lax ligaments and muscle weakness.