The topic of developmental progress is a major concern for parents of children with Down Syndrome. Here you will find help to keep your child moving forward from the true experts: parents!
My Child Has These Odd Behaviors!
Demystifying information regarding the label of “autism,” practical ideas for eliminating the behaviors, and proactive observation techniques to detect autistic-like or sensory behaviors.
Sound Therapy: A Neurodevelopmental Approach to Speach and Language Problems
Treating disorted hearing, speech, and language problems in Down Syndrome or Autism
Toilet Training in Down syndrome
Potty Training Using the One Day Method
A detailed description of the One Day method, plus the experience of one mom who trained 8 children using this method, including a child with Down syndrome. Plus, an explanation of how to know if a child is ready for this one day method.
Potty Training Mary
A two-year-old girl with Down syndrome was successfully trained using the one-day method. Read a not-so-rosy scenario of what happened on that day.
More Toilet Training Ideas that Worked
Parents tell what worked in their homes to toilet train their children with Down syndrome.
Sequential Processing in Down Syndrome
Auditory Sequential Processing Skills, or Digit Spans
Excerpt: Improved digit spans are a key to improving the functional intelligence. The terms “sequential processing,” “sequencing,” and “digit spans” are all referring to the same mental ability. The excerpts here are from the Einstein Syndrome list as parents of children with Down syndrome come to grips with this concept.
Auditory and Visual Digit Spans
Excerpt: How well we learn is a direct reflection of how well we receive, process, store and utilize information. Many children and adults are attempting to cope with unidentified processing inefficiencies. If identified with the simple techniques of testing auditory and visual digit spans, these inefficiencies can then be eliminated through the utilization of some very simple procedures.
Identifying Children with Low Processing
Excerpt: Other symptoms that occur related to short-term memory/low processing include the following: difficulty following through on instructions from others, inability to remain in one’s seat, easily distracted, difficulty waiting for ones’ turn in game situations, problems with sustaining attention or shifting attention from task to task, difficulty playing quietly, and losing things necessary for task completion. Children with low processing can be identified by using a simple technique.
Excerpt: If you try to teach a skill by repetition, and the sequence is too long, your kids will not learn it. When we tried the digit spans, not only did we not remember the last number, but we forgot most of the first part too. This is what happens when the sequence is too long— the brain totally goes on strike and drops all the information. It does not help to try to teach this 300 times. It will be dropped every time, and it is as if you never taught it at all.