Trisomy 21 or Down syndrome

Is a Trisomy 21 diagnosis for life?

Understanding Trisomy 21 & Down syndrome

Trisomy 21, or Down syndrome, is a genetic condition that is caused by the presence of a third copy of chromosome 21 (hence the name Trisomy 21).

Children with Trisomy 21, labeled as having Down syndrome, have a pattern of malformations that are pathogenetically related. It was believed that these genetic problems were the complete explanation as to why these children could not function as well as other children. As a result, it has been assumed that they could not be treated or helped. This is not the case.

The Institutes does not treat the genetic disorder. However, these children are brain-injured as a result of their genetic problems. Those injuries may be mild, moderate, severe, or profound, just as they are in other brain-injured children.

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Recovering from Trisomy 21

Down syndrome is a label rather than a diagnosis. A proper diagnosis describes where the problem exists, the degree of the problem, and the extent of the problem. It is necessary to treat the brain, where the problem actually exists to be successful.

Parents may wish bring their child to The Institutes. After a detailed history is taken and a careful and thorough evaluation is completed, a diagnosis is made and a home treatment program is designed for each child and carefully taught. The Institutes presents courses for parents where they can learn how to successfully provide enrichment and opportunity at home to help their child progress.

Myths & Facts About Trisomy 21


Myths About Trisomy 21
  • They are incurable due to a genetic abnormality.
  • They will never move, learn, speak or live normally.
  • They are “mentally retarded”.


Our View on Trisomy 21
  • They have neurological problems and can develop like other children.
  • They can live a normal life.
  • They are intelligent.

Trisomy 21 Success Stories

Parents from around the world have helped their children with Down syndrome move along the path to wellness. Using the programs developed by The Institutes, children diagnosed with Down syndrome have been able to improve function and, in many cases, perform at peer level-and above.


Down Syndrome, Immobility, Trisomy 21
Down Syndrome, Immobility, Trisomy 21

On the day of Sara’s birth, her parents were told that she had Trisomy 21. This began the family on a search to find answers for Sara, leading them to The Institutes. Today, Sara goes to school, and is above age level in academics, athletics, and in social situations, too.

Kosei – Age 22

Down Syndrome, Trisomy 21
Kosei – Age 22
Down Syndrome, Trisomy 21

After testing, Kosei was diagnosed with Trisomy 21, and it seemed he was destined to develop slowly and poorly. At 18 years of age, he began his university studies in Japanese History, a subject he had been studying since he was 3 years old.

Julia – Age 5

Down Syndrome, Trisomy 21
Julia – Age 5
Down Syndrome, Trisomy 21

Is Down Syndrome an incurable disease? Week after week, our parents who have children diagnosed with Trisomy 21 come to The Institutes and tell us their story. Stories like that of little Julia, who has one of the most inspiring paths toward wellness we’ve ever seen.

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