Down Syndrome occurs when there is a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21. This additional genetic material alters the course of development and produces common traits for children with Down Syndrome. A few common physical traits that occur are low muscle tone, low strength, difficulty attaining normal development milestones, walking difficulties, and looseness of ligaments.
Children with Down Syndrome most often have cognitive and neurological delays with difficulty processing normal activities. However, this is usually mild to moderate, affecting normal tasks and interactions.
How Speech Therapy Helps
Speech Therapy is very important in helping the child with Down Syndrome reach their full potential. Speech therapy helps the child with Down Syndrome to improve self-care skills, fine and gross motor skills, play and leisure activities, speech, or feeding difficulties. In addition, pediatric speech therapy addresses issues with speech and language development. The low tone associated with Down Syndrome often affects the muscles of the tongue and throat, affecting speech and feeding. Our Dickinson, Killdeer, and Richardton, ND therapists work closely with your child to identify limitations and make appropriate treatments to improve those. Request your appointment with Therapy Solutions today.