We are passionate about ensuring every child with Down syndrome in the UK has access to specialist support, across all areas of development. We know that there is great disparity across the UK between access to and quality of provision provided, so we try our utmost to plug some gaps!
In September 2021 we introduced POPS (PADS Online Physiotherapy Sessions.) These are open to DSUK family members and sessions are led by our wonderful specialist paediatric physiotherapist Donna Murphy of Carn Physiotherapy.
In addition to delivering POPS, Donna is also on hand in our closed online groups for general advice and has worked with us to develop a range of resources to enlighten and educate parents, and possibly some professionals too!
The building blocks to achieving great physical
development for infants with Down syndrome
Encouraging and supporting a child’s physical development is like building a house. We recommend you follow these stages to ensure solid foundations are created on which to build. We know that houses are built to a high standard if the proper guidance is followed, and people are patient. There may be delays and things may not go as planned but hard work and dedication always pay off eventually. There are often temptations to cut corners, to perhaps bypass 4-point crawling and go straight to walking but we do recommend following each of the developmental stages. When your little one is up and running around, the delays and hard work will be forgotten, and you can enjoy the rewards of a well-built project! Babies and infants with Down syndrome will develop physically at different ages, so ages are provided as a guide only.
Stage 1: Foundation
Birth to 6 months
Stage 2: Building Blocks
Stage 3: First Fix Stage
Stage 4: Second Fix Stage
Stage 5: Turn Key Finish
We are great advocates of encouraging tummy time from the delivery suite and in time the importance of crawling and have created these resources to explain why.