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PTC Guest Blogs for Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands’ blog DownRight Perfect – 3rd edition

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“Let’s get to the big stuff…gross motor development. All babies want to explore and interact with their environment. This is what drives motor development.  They are anxious to get on the move!  Your baby with Down syndrome may have some extra challenges due to the physical characteristics associated with DS including hypotonia (low muscle tone), ligament laxity (loose ligaments around joints), and decreased strength.  Many babies with DS find ways to compensate for these challenges and get moving in their own way.  By being generally aware of the order in which gross motor skills develop, and the components required to achieve each of them, you can be your child’s best teacher and cheerleader through each of these milestones.”

Read the full blog post from DownRight Perfect here:

https://dsamidlands.wordpress.com/2015/08/13/on-the-move-gross-motor-development-in-children-with-down-syndrome/

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Blog Written By:

Stephanie Adam Occupational Therapist

Stephanie Adam

Occupational Therapist

stephanie@ptcne.org

Stephanie Adam graduated with a clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.  Since that time she has worked in a variety of pediatric settings including early intervention, school-based, inpatient, and outpatient clinics.  In the 10+ years she has been in practice she has gained specialized training and knowledge in the areas of sensory processing disorder and sensory-based feeding, and also has extensive experience treating a wide range of diagnoses including autism spectrum disorders, developmental and motor delays, Down syndrome, and many others.  Stephanie is trained in the Sequential Oral Sensory feeding program, Interactive Metronome, Astronaut Training®, Handwriting Without Tears®, and Advanced Therapeutic Listening®.  She is passionate about education and is always seeking additional training and experiences to advance her skills.  In addition, Stephanie provides guest lectures at College of Saint Mary and the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and for various organizations and conferences in the Omaha area.  Stephanie has always had a passion for working with children and is inspired by the amazing children and families she has the pleasure to work with.  Sharing in their achievements and being a part of their lives is truly a gift, and is the reason she believes she has the best job in the world.

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