Down Syndrome

 

Next steps to a Down Syndrome diagnosis

 

How Kids in Motion can Help!

Understanding your child’s development and behaviors can be challenging and overwhelming. With many different opinions and suggestions on what your child should or shouldn’t be doing can be stressful and confusing. Although, having the proper resources and education is important to improve your knowledge on ways to help your child develop to the best of their ability and Kids in Motion is here to help. 

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Navigating through a new diagnosis of Down Syndrome can be a confusing time in your family’s life. You may be overcome with fear of the unknown; what will my baby’s first years of life look like? Not only can prenatal screenings disclose your risk of this chromosomal disorder during pregnancy, but also when your newborn child is born, they may present with physical features such as low muscle tone, a flat facial profile, upward slanting eyes, and/or a flat tongue. These physical attributes may contribute to challenges in the future, so it is critical to begin seeking specialized care and putting a plan into place.

 

 
Beginning early intervention for your child is important for meeting developmental milestones, gaining independence, and improving quality of life. Each child is unique; therefore, each child’s need and response to treatment will be unique. A specialized care team, including pediatricians, neurologists, cardiologists, and a team of therapists, are important for guiding your child on the path for success.
 

 

 

 


Your child is on their own unique journey. They are bright, full of joy, curiosity, and laughter. Some obstacles may present themselves as you embark on this journey together. However, providing your child with the proper foundation can set them up for success as they learn to navigate the world around them.

 

 

 

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Kids in Motion Pediatric Therapy clinic provides services in all areas from speech, occupational, and physical therapy to address the signs/symptoms related to Down Syndrome.

 
 

Physical Therapists (PT) specialize in balance, large motor movements, gait patterns, and strengthening. Your child may receive PT from an early age to assist with developmental milestones such as rolling, sitting, crawling, and even walking. They may provide assistance in fitting and receiving orthotics to assist your child’s legs as they develop and strengthen. Physical Therapists ensure your child is safe while completing functional mobility in various settings, including your home, during play, at school, and in the community.
 
Your child may benefit from seeing an Occupational Therapist as well. Occupational Therapists (OT) specialize in small motor movements (called fine motor skills) including proper hand and finger development, as well as activities of daily living for increasing your child’s independence. This can range from feeding, dressing, grooming, bathing, and hygiene skills at home, school, or in the community. Due to your child’s low muscle tone and poor fine motor skills, they may present with difficulties in picking up small objects, chewing and other oral motor movements, using utensils, writing, cutting, buttoning, zipping, and tying shoes.
 
Speech Therapists (SLP) specialize in functional speech production, articulation, receptive and expressive processing of language, and working memory. Speech therapists open the door for functional language, whether your child is verbal or nonverbal, so that he/she can communicate their wants and needs on a daily basis. All of these pediatric therapists use a specialized goal-directed approach, all while engaging your child in play and fun! Your child should enjoy coming to therapy and not realize they are working so hard to make progress!
 
Your child is on their own unique journey. They are bright, full of joy, curiosity, and laughter. Some obstacles may present themselves as you embark on this journey together. However, providing your child with the proper foundation can set them up for success as they learn to navigate the world around them. Here at Kids in Motion, your team of therapists will ensure your child is meeting  their highest potential by proving them with quality, individualized attention and treatment. Your concerns, goals, and dreams matter to us. Please call with any questions you may have, and schedule an appointment today. We always make therapy fun!

 
Still have questions and concerns?

We are committed to helping children of all abilities achieve and live their full potential. With experienced and compassionate Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists and four locations to serve you, we feel confident that you will be more than satisfied with the care and support your child receives.  
 

Give us a call today at 248-684-9610 to schedule a free screening with a licensed therapist to determine if an evaluation is needed.

 

2636 South Milford Road
Milford
Michigan
48357
United States