Down Syndrome (Downs)
Sensory Equipment for Down Syndrome (Downs) Sufferers
Down Syndrome is a genetic condition that tends to cause learning disabilities and physical features characteristic of the condition. Each year, about 6,000 babies are born with Down syndrome, around 1 in every 700 babies born.
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 they are all unique.
Down Syndrome is caused by there being an extra copy of chromosome 21 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 such special 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 colors and sounds. Development is the focus of a room designed for our clients with Down Syndrome and the outcome can simply be astonishing.
Some great tools for engaging individuals with Down Syndrome:
IRIS Sensory Room
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