Helping a Child With Down Syndrome Learn to Walk and Use Other Motor Skills
Down syndrome have reduced muscle tone, which can delay
development of their motor skills. Children with delays may roll over, sit up, pull
up, stand, and walk later than other children their age.
motor skill development through active play.
Place toys just out of your child's reach and
encourage him or her to get them. But do not frustrate your child by moving the
toy when he or she almost reaches it.
Play pat-a-cake with your
Place your baby's legs so that they are touching when you are
carrying or holding him or her. This will encourage the normal leg positioning
that is needed for sitting and walking.
Encourage physical playing
and gentle wrestling with other members of the family.
child bang pots and slap his or her hands on the table at times.
Guide your baby in playful exercises, which helps him or her
learn to walk.
Move your baby's arms and legs in swimming
Bounce your baby on your lap while holding him or her in a
Help your baby roll over so that he or she can
become stronger and more mobile.
Support your baby in a sitting
position, but let him or her lean forward for balance.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
July 20, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 20, 2011
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