Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome)
Parents from around the world have helped their children with Trisomy 21, commonly referred to as Down syndrome, to move along the pathway to wellness. Using the programs developed by The Institutes, children diagnosed with Trisomy 21, or Down syndrome, have been able to significantly improve their ability to learn, to communicate, to solve problems and, in some cases, to perform at age level or above.
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.
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.
Myths About Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome)
- 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 (Down Syndrome)
- They have neurological problems and can develop like other children.
- They can live a normal life.
- They are intelligent.
Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome)
To be successful one must treat the brain, where the injury actually exists. The Institutes offers a comprehensive home program that focuses on neurological growth and development. Our goal is physical, physiological, intellectual, and social growth towards excellence for each child.
The Institutes presents courses for parents where they can learn how to successfully provide enrichment and opportunity at home to help their child progress. Our course for the Brain-injured Child is presented in Philadelphia in the United States, Japan, Brazil, Singapore and Mexico. Inquire about the next course.
A proper diagnosis describes where the injury exists in the brain, the degree of the injury, and the extent of the injury to the brain.
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. Learn More
When parents return home to carry out the program, the staff of The Institutes provide the support parents need to carry out the program until their next visit to The Institutes.
Using the programs developed by The Institutes, children diagnosed with autism have been able to improve function and, in some cases, perform at peer level or above.