Clear Language Reports

Comparison of Exercise Programs in Teenagers with Down Syndrome

Researchers have found that 30-50% of children with Down Syndrome (DS) are obese, a greater number than seen in children without DS. Obesity is known to often begin in childhood and adolescence, and increases the risks for diabetes and heart disease. Many children and teens with DS have heart or other health problems, so it may mean that obesity is an even great risk to them than it is in adults without DS.

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome and Cognition in Down Syndrome

Sleep disorders can have a negative effect on people’s ability to think and learn. They also influence their mood and temperament, and can impair their immune function. Past research has shown the children and adults with Down Syndrome (DS) have much higher than average rates of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS), a condition in which people stop and start breathing multiple times per hour while asleep. However, little research has been done on the effects of OSAS on their thinking and learning abilities. This study addressed that issue.

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“Tummy Time” for Motor Skills Development in Infants with Down Syndrome

Children with Down Syndrome (DS) are at increased risk for many health conditions, such as heart defects and obesity, and commonly have motor development delays. Since motor skills help children interact with their surroundings, they are important to the development of learning, social, and physical skills, and emotional development. So, it is important that children with DS receive focused treatment to improve their motor skills. One type of treatment that can be used is “Tummy Time” (TT), which encourages infants to move around on their stomach (the prone position). TT allows infants to develop motor skills against gravity, which is an important part of more complex motor movements.

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