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. This isn't inherited but is the result of a one off genetic change in the egg or sperm.
People with Downs Syndrome often find that their learning disabilities mean that they don't always fully understand what is expected of them.
This can result in the use of routine, order, consistency and self talk in order to regain some control, plus the appearance of stubbornness and a refusal to cooperate when they're having trouble making sense of the world around them. The best way to help an individual in these situations is to try and understand what is frustrating them.
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. It can help them relax and let go of some of their frustrations, as well as empower them by allowing them to control their environment, motivated by the stimulating sensory rewards. 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 interactive colours and sounds. Development is the focus of a sensory room designed for our clients with Down Syndrome and the outcome can be astonishing.
Take a look through the multisensory environments and products listed below, all or which will have a positive impact on the life of a person with Down Syndrome. Or if you'd like to speak to someone regarding setting up your own unique sensory facility, Contact Us today.