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• should seek to minimize the development of compensatory movement patterns;

• should be based on a thorough understanding of the compensatory movement patterns that children with Down syndrome are prone to develop;

• should be strategically designed to proactively build strength in the appropriate muscle groups so that the child with Down syndrome develops optimal movement patterns;

• should focus on gait, posture and exercise.

So the answer to that mother's question is that physical therapy for the young child with Down syndrome will make an enormous difference not only when the child is 9 or 10 years of age, but also when he or she is an adolescent and an adult. It can and should result in adults who are healthier and more functional.

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Helping Your Child Learn To Read

When parents help their children learn to read, they help open the door to a new world. As a parent, you can begin an endless learning chain: You read to your children, they develop a love of stories and poems, they want to read on their own, they practice reading, and finally they read for their own information or pleasure. They become readers, and their world is forever expanded and enriched.

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