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National Down Syndrome Society
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Therapies & Development

Featured ImageEarly Intervention and many other therapeutic services are offered to people with Down syndrome, and the articles in this section are merely overviews and suggestions. All children, whether they have Down syndrome or not, develop at their own pace. Always speak with your child’s doctor or therapist before starting any new therapies.

  1. Early Intervention

    Details on how early intervention therapies can benefit a baby with Down syndrome, the various kinds of early intervention available and how to access services.

  2. Alternative Therapies

    Alternative therapies include a wide range of theories and treatment practices. Parents should discuss any potential new treatment with their doctors to learn more about any known benefits and side effects.

  3. Occupational Therapy & Down Syndrome

    Occupational therapy facilitates the development of fine motor skills like feeding, dressing and grooming.

  4. Physical Therapy & Down Syndrome

    The goal of physical therapy is to facilitate the development of gross motor skills such as good posture, proper foot alignment and a good foundation for exercise throughout life.

  5. Speech & Language Therapy

    Speech and language development can be challenging for many children with Down syndrome. Here is information that can help infants and toddlers begin learning to communicate, and help children and adolescents progress in speech and language.

  6. Toilet Training Children with Down Syndrome

    Tips to ease the toilet training process and ensure that toilet training is a positive experience for everyone involved.

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