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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Crawling — army or otherwise
Of course, now that he’s walking, the army crawl is a thing of the past. But introducing a fun tunnel ($10 at Ikea) or by stacking pillows under a big blanket, you can create a challenging way to bring back the benefits of crawling (army or regular) — and continue to build those arm, leg and abdominal muscles.
“Every parent is eager to see her child reach the next milestone,” Nikki explains. “But each child is determined to move at his own pace, so the best thing we can do is maximize their existing interests to build strength and balance, all preparing him for the moment when he decides he wants to get to the next level.”
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