25 Things to Help Your Child with Down Syndrome

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No Child is Hopeless

Our goal is for every child with Down Syndrome (Trisomy 21) to have a fighting chance to be well.

The genetic problems experienced by these children cause significant neurological problems. We do not treat genetic problems but the neurological problems experienced by Trisomy 21 children respond well to treatment. 

The good news is that the brain has tremendous plasticity. It can recover, it can get better – it is only hurt.

Trisomy 21 children are not damaged or diseased, they are hurt and they can get well. 

That is why we often use the term “hurt kids”. It is a more accurate and civilized way to describe the child who has been tragically called so many names that are libels more than labels.

Why You Need 25 Things to Help Your Child.

This has answers to help parents better understand their child and to create an environment of stimulation and opportunity.

It provides help in the areas of mobility, intellectual growth, social growth,  communication, nutrition, environment, and medication.

These powerful tips provide the tools you need to really help your child.

Our Results

The Institutes have taught thousands of parents for over 65 years. These parents have proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that their children can get well and have a full and meaningful life.

65+ Years of Success Stories

“We did the program with determination, enthusiasm, and cooperation, which strengthened the bonds among parents and grandparents, who helped us with the program. The program helped Francesco overall in developing his intellectual potential. As a matter of fact, he is a tireless, insatiable reader.”

“It all seemed like a dream when we began the program. Now the dream has become a reality, thanks to our perseverance and our faith in your programs that were designed for Francesco at every revisit.”
~ Francesco's Parents

“Mila is a blessing to our family. She was born with Down syndrome and diagnosed with a congenital heart condition known as Complete Atrioventricular Canal Defect.”

“It wasn’t until a few weeks after Mila was born that we came across the book “How To Teach Your Baby To Be Physically Superb” while doing a lot of research online. To this date, we are very grateful of this chance happening occurrence.”

“We started by placing Mila on her tummy and given her lots of opportunity to move on the floor. Mila started crawling around 7 months just 2 weeks after using the incline floor. After 4 months and thousands of meters of crawling everywhere she began creeping. Mila kept working really hard and at 15 months she was cruising on anything she could hold on to. Finally, she started taking her first steps at 18 months.”

“Mila is now 5 years old, but intellectually, she well above age level. She reads books independently at an 8-11 year old level. She does math at a 6th grade level, and knows all of her multiplication tables and understands fractions. She has learned how to type independently on a keyboard, and can type sentences in English and Spanish. Mila is learning the piano using the Suzuki Method, and can now play three songs all by herself!”

~ Mila's Parents

“I started Suri on The Institutes “Smart Baby Program”. She continued to develop into a strong, healthy baby over the following months. We had developed a regular home program of crawling track first thing in the morning, followed by outline cards, visual stimulation with a flashlight, hanging and speech development activities, described in “How Smart is Your Baby?” 

“In no time she was crawling. I ordered Bits of Intelligence cards and “How to Multiply Your Baby’s Intelligence” from the Gentle Revolution Press. We were doing Balance Development activities twice daily, after reading “Fit Baby, Smart Baby, Your Baby!”. A healthy feeding pattern was well established.”

“When Suri was two years old, I attended the “What to do about your Brain Injured Child” Course in Philadelphia, USA and my husband did it soon after. Suri is almost three years old and she walks 1,300 meters every day. She sprints 40 meters, five times a day and is almost running.”

~ Suri's Parents

“We went to The Institutes in Philadelphia with Sara when she was seven months old and then a really new life began. Sara couldn’t move by herself even one inch. It was a tremendous moment when she, for the first time in her life, crawled two feet. We saw this with tears in our eyes and realized we were on the right path for her.”

“Every month, Sara improved. We began to see that we have a child, not a problem, and with every visit to The Institutes, we had increasing hope.”

“Sara began a gymnastics program when she was four years old. She became a proficient gymnast, and was clearly above her peers physically early on. Today, Sara goes to school, and continues to be above her age level in academics, athletics, and in social situations, too.”

~ Sara's Mother
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All children have potential

We believe all children have a right to be intellectually, physically and socially excellent.

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Parents are the best teachers

When parents know how the brain grows, they can create an enriched environment at home for their children.

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The brain grows by use

Parents learn appropriate, safe, enjoyable and effective ways to promote the growth of the brain.

There is Hope
“The most important thing I learned from this course is that there is hope, I can help my granddaughter. This course was more, much more than I was expecting. It was absolutely worth the time, effort and money that it cost. If I had to do it over again, I would have come sooner."
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— Grandfather, Illinois
Professional and Passionate
"The course exceeded my expectations, the Staff is very professional and very passionate. They really care and love what they do. I am really thankful for finding The Institutes."
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— Father, Georgia
Excellent Online Learning Environment
"The course was what I was expecting but it exceeded my expectations. The online learning was presented very well and was very easy to follow and learn. My guess is that the experience the Staff has created is the best it could be for online learning."
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— Mother, Colorado

How The Institutes Creates a Better Future for your Child

What Makes us Different

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A Real Diagnosis

When children come to us, they have often received a poor prognosis and symptomatic labels, but no real diagnosis. We give children an accurate diagnosis that states the area of the brain involved, the degree of injury, and the extent of injury to brain.

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Drug-Free Treatment

Some medications have a suppressive effect on the brain. A sedated child is not a healthy child. We use a program of stimulation and opportunity, not medications, to help the injured brain to mature and function more normally.

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Unique Programming

Each child is unique and requires a program designed for that child’s neurological condition and physiology. Our clinical team works tirelessly to create one-of-a-kind treatment program that is ideal for each child based on regular evaluations.

Programs for Hurt Children

Our children arrive with symptomatic diagnoses such as cerebral palsy, autism, developmental delay, epilepsy, attention deficit disorder, learning problems, dyslexia or one of many syndromes for genetic disorders that can cause neurological problems. Many parents are told that their child cannot be helped. Instead of receiving effective treatment, they are offered palliative care.

We treat the brain, not the symptoms. This makes all the difference. Our parents have proven that hurt children have enormous potential.

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