Down Syndrome in Early Intervention and Pre-School Primer
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Course intent: To provide speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and other disciplines with the clinical background to understand the clinically relevant issues regarding Down syndrome so as to implement appropriate therapeutic intervention in the fine motor, gross motor, speech, social emotional, cognitive and adaptive domains, as well as management and prevention of dysfunction in the early intervention setting.
Relevance to occupational, speech language pathology, physical therapy & other early intervention providers: Aforementioned disciplines therapists and other early intervention providers treating children between the ages of 0-3 are on the front line of treating children with Down syndrome, especially when visiting the home in the early intervention setting.
Provider will be able to: identify phylogenic perspectives, value people-first approach, and differentiate genetic variations such as non-disjunction, translocation, and mosaicism
Provider will be able to: Identify pre/post natal diagnosis and signs and symptoms
Provider will be able to: Identify risk factors understand why ligamentous laxity and low muscle tone directly result in systemic-wide musculoskeletal problems
Provider will be able to: Identify which primitive reflexes are preserved in the child with Down syndrome, and how these contribute to a cascade of motor developmental delay
Provider will be able to: Identify why the concepts birthed by IDEA and ‘Inclusion’ are paramount to the developmental potential of the child with Down syndrome.
Provider will be able to: Identify occupational & therapy, as well as speech language pathology, special education and social work outcomes to babies, infants and toddlers with Down Syndrome.
Provider will be able to: Provide therapeutic management to infants and toddlers with Down syndrome in the physical, language, adaptive, and cognitive developmental domains
Speech Language Pathology
Using clinical and research-based exploration, this course allows the participant to develop and understand children with Down syndrome. Participants will learn about the definition of Down syndrome and review “people first” language. This course will discuss the evolution and biology of Down syndrome. Participants are introduced to signs and symptoms as well as health impairments related to Down syndrome. A review of gross motor skills will be reviewed. IDEA and ADA as well as its impact on children with Down syndrome will also be discussed.
Learning Outcomes: Participants completing this course will have enhanced knowledge and skills in the following areas:
List common characteristics of children with Down syndrome
Demonstrate the use of correct language and terminology when discussing children with Down syndrome.
Formulate strategies to assist families
Explain IDEA and ADA and their impact on children with Down syndrome
Explain the sign and symptoms associated with Down syndrome
Target Audience: Speech Language Pathologists, Speech teachers and Audiologists, Occupational therapists, COTA's
Course Level: Various
Content Area: Professional
Subject Code: 7010 Service Delivery associated with Speech/Language/Swallowing/HearingArea
AOTA Classification Codes
Domain of Occupational Therapy
Areas of occupation: ADL, Education, work, social participation
Activity Demands: social demands, sequence & timing, required actions & performance skills,
Performance Patterns: Roles
Legal, Legislative, Regulatory & Reimbursement Issues: federal/ state regulatory statutes
Contemporary Issues & Trends: Ethics, EBP
Target Audience: all audiences, Introductory