As part of the Down Syndrome Awareness month, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) has featured an article titled “The Role of OT With Persons With Down Syndrome.” Quoted below are some excerpts of the article.
Occupational therapy practitioners work with persons with Down syndrome to help them master skills for independence through self-care like feeding and dressing, fine and gross motor skills, school performance, and play and leisure activities.
Occupational therapy practitioners guide individuals with Down syndrome and their families to help them reach their potential throughout the life span. Occupational therapy intervention should begin as soon as a diagnosis of Down syndrome is established, and should continue throughout the individual’s life.
The main reference cited is Maryanne Bruni’s article “Occupational Therapy and the Child with Down Syndrome.” M. Bruni is the author of the book “Fine Motor Skills for Children With Down Syndrome: A Guide for Parents And Professionals“.
- Fine Motor Skills in children with Down syndrome -Information Sheet by Sandy Alton – DSA UK Education Consortium 2005.
- Down Syndrome and Activity Suggestions by Lauri A. Matusiak, M.S., OTR/L
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