ERIC Number: ED345460
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: 0
Activities for Babies and Toddlers with Down Syndrome: A Physiotherapy Approach.
Kelso, Rose-Anne; Price, Sue
Children with Down Syndrome have the potential for the development of a large range and variety of postures, balance reactions, movements, and skills. Sometimes this potential remains relatively untapped resulting in unusual, inefficient, or even detrimental patterns of movement. By handling and playing with the child, he or she becomes more aware of his body, social environment, and physical environment, and their relationship to each other. This book presents activities selected to meet the specific needs of a child with Down Syndrome. The activities may be adapted and modified to become part of the normal daily handling of and interaction with the baby. No age limit is applied to any of the activities as there is a wide age range in the achievement of all babies. Following an outline of basic physiotherapy principles, a section titled "What To Do First" discusses carrying the baby, feeding, increasing awareness, head control, rolling over, picking up, and social interaction. The next section, "When Baby Is Older," covers the same activities while keeping in mind the more advanced stage of the baby's development and his or her larger size, and also covers fine motor activities. "The Pre-Toddler Stage" suggests activities for feeding, sitting, balancing in sitting, preparing for crawling, preparing for standing and walking, fine motor activities, and social interaction. The final section, titled "Time for Coordination," focuses on sidestepping, walking forward, climbing down, increasing awareness, fine motor activities, and social interaction. (JDD)
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Downs Syndrome, Foreign Countries, Human Posture, Infants, Interaction, Interpersonal Competence, Motion, Motor Development, Movement Education, Object Manipulation, Perceptual Motor Coordination, Physical Therapy, Preschool Education, Psychomotor Skills, Skill Development, Social Development, Stimulation, Toddlers
University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Queensland 4067, Australia ($20.00 Australian).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Queensland Univ., Brisbane (Australia). Fred and Eleanor Schonell Educational Research Centre.