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Down Syndrome (Downs)

Down Syndrome (Downs)

Sensory Solutions For Down Syndrome (Downs)

Down Syndrome is a genetic condition that tends to cause learning disabilities and physical features characteristic of the condition. In England and Wales around 775 babies are born with Down Syndrome per year, that's around one in every 1000. Babies are often diagnosed with down syndrome after birth.

There are a number of common traits of those with Down Syndrome including reduced muscle tone, which can lead to floppiness, eyes which slant upwards and outwards, a flat back of the head and being below average in terms of weight and length at birth. Those with Down Syndrome share common features but every person is unique.

Down Syndrome is caused when an extra copy of chromosome 21 appears in a baby's cells. For the most part this isn't inherited and it is the result of a one off genetic change in the egg or sperm.

A multi-sensory experience is much like a playground for those with Down Syndrome. The ability to manipulate and control one's own environment can be exciting if not thrilling to individuals. By using interactive switches, specialized microphones with visual feedback and touch panels, an individual can actually see the impact of their actions. Learning can also take place through selected wall images and the use of selected colours and sounds. Development is the focus of a room designed for our clients with Down Syndrome and the outcome can be astonishing.

Some great tools for engaging individuals with Down Syndrome include:

Interactive Balance Beams

Bubble Tubes

Fiber Optics

Sound Boards

IRIS Sensory Room

If you need assistance with designing a sensory space that encourages movement, balance, speech, and awareness, call us on 0800 612 6077or send us an email.