Strengthen That Core!

Children with Down syndrome (Ds) often have a much harder time learning to walk, primarily because of their characteristic low muscle tone. Here are six exercises one physical therapist recommends to help children build strength.

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We’ve all done them, knowingly and painstakingly. But it’s easy to sneak squats into your child’s play by strategically placing toys where he needs to squat down to retrieve them.

Note how Nikki’s hands are at Charlie’s knees, gently reminding him to bend and squat instead of keeping his knees locked and stretching to his toes without bending. Once the child is in a squatting position, Nikki recommends creating an excuse to hang out there for a while, which helps to build thigh, trunk, hips and glute muscles.

Next up: Reach for the stars!

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Comments on "6 Exercises to help kids with Down syndrome learn to walk"

Terry January 14, 2013 | 4:42 PM

What a great informational, well written story with beautiful children and colorful pictures.

Sue k January 14, 2013 | 3:00 PM

Charlie, your a star on the stairs. Keep up the good work

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