Physiotherapy for young children with Down syndrome

Physiotherapy for young children with Down syndrome
Peter E.M. Lauteslager, Marieke E. van den Heuvel & Bert A. Bakker

 

The motor development of young children with Down syndrome is characterised by specific problems. The limitations which occur in their motor behaviour are presented and interpreted in this article with the theoretical framework ‘Disturbances in the system of postural control’.
The measuring tool ‘Basic Motor Skills of Children with Down Syndrome’ and the treatment framework ‘Physiotherapy for Young Children with Down Syndrome’ have been developed based on this approach. This article describes the test and the physiotherapeutic treatment method and presents a summary of the results of the psychometric research into the motor test and of investigation into the effectiveness of the treatment.

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