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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Reaching from knees

Charlie reaching

Again, it’s all about combining play with workouts that build muscle and balance. By encouraging your child to play from his knees, he can increase his balance and strengthen his legs. This exercise can also focus on fine motor development, by including a toy that requires specific finger movements, such as pushing a button or turning a wheel.

“Any higher surface will do,” Nikki says. “A step stool or small ottoman will do the trick. Even a stack of pillows creates a challenge high enough to make your child reach for objects on top.”

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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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