Therapy

Occupational

 

07 Occupational Therapy —OT Doesn’t Stand for the “Other Therapy”
Katie Frank, MHS, OTR/L, Thomas Center for Down Syndrome at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH

This workshop is geared toward parents, caregivers, and professionals who have individuals with DS in their lives, ages birth to school age. This workshop will explain what Occupational Therapy is and its role and purpose in enhancing the child’s life. The OT will present on current research to establish fine motor and self-care milestone norms for individuals with DS. The presentation will also cover specific treatment ideas and objectives to address a multitude of deficit areas to include fine motor development, handwriting, and feeding.

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Physical

 

32a Gross Motor Development in Children with DS: Birth to Walking –Part 1
Patricia C. Winders, PT, Senior Physical Therapist, SieCenter for Down Syndrome, The Children’s Hospital, Aurora, CO

This presentation will provide an overview of gross motor development in children with DS. It will include the goal of physical therapy, the factors influencing gross motor development, critical times for intervention, and treatment strategies. The focus will be on the gross motor skills learned during the period of birth to walking.

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32b Gross Motor Development in Children with DS: Birth to Walking –Part 2

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44a Gross Motor Development in Children with DS: Post Walking –Part 1

Patricia C. Winders, PT, Senior Physical Therapist, SieCenter for Down Syndrome, The Children’s Hospital, Aurora, CO

This workshop will discuss the role of physical therapy in children with DS. It will include the goal of physical therapy, critical times for
intervention, and the development of gross motor skills and treatment strategies. Post-walking skills and foot management will be focused on as well as examples of dance and sports programs that we have implemented in Denver will also be discussed.

 

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44b Gross Motor Development in Children with DS: Post Walking –Part 2

 

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Speech

 

02a Addressing Speech Motor Planning Disorders
(Childhood Apraxiaof Speech) in Children with DS –Part 1
Renee Roy Hill, MS, CCC-SLP, TalkToolsTherapy, Lecturer and Crossroads Therapy Clinic, New Braunfels, TX

This course is designed to address the challenges facing families of children and young adults with motor speech impairments related to apraxia of speech. Apraxia of speech is often difficult to identify in a child with other co-existing diagnoses, and is often masked by other developmental delays and challenges. Participants will learn how oral motor skills, sensory processing and motor planning skills interact, and how treatment may differ for those with difficulties in multiple areas of speech and motor development. The presenter will discuss identification markers for each area, ways to address these deficits and how to develop a holistic treatment plan that best fits the individual. Participants will learn that skills can be addressed at any age using a hierarchical approach.

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02b Addressing Speech Motor Planning Disorders
(Childhood Apraxia of Speech) in Children with DS – Part 2

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18 Early Speech and Language Skills: Birth to Preschool
Libby Kumin, PhD, CCC-SLP, Professor of Speech-Language Pathology and Author, Loyola University, Baltimore, MD

The session will focus on the early development of communication skills in young children with DS. What are the differences between communication, language and speech? What prepares your child to speak? Dr. Kuminwill describe, as well as provide examples and home activities for early communication, language and pre-speech skills that children need to master. Transitional systems to promote communication and language before your child begins to speak and activities to expand speech once your child begins to speak will be addressed. The information will span the period from birth to preschool. If you have your baby/young child with you, please sit up front so that Dr. Kumincan work with them to demonstrate techniques to promote speech and
language.

 

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45 Feeding Issues in the Birth –5 Population: Implications for Future Oral Motor and Speech Development
Renee Roy Hill, MS,CCC-SLP, TalkToolsTherapy/ Lecturer and Crossroads Therapy Clinic, New Braunfels, TX

This course is designed to address early feeding skills in the Birth-5 population. Early feeding skills are critical in the development of later oral motor skills, mature feeding skills and speech clarity. Participants will learn what to look for in “good” feeding skills rather than simply “safe and adequate” feeding. Addressing these skills early is critical and will reduce later “bad habits” that evolve around spoon feeding, cup drinking, straw drinking, chewing and swallowing. Parents will learn techniques to facilitate lip closure, tongue retraction tongue lateralization and jaw grading for chewing. Families will also become aware of how medical, environmental and sensory experiences can alter feeding outcomes. Videos of both positive and negative feeding experiences will be shown as part of the learning process.

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57 Reaching for the STARS —Speech Therapy and Research Working Together
Jennifer Meyers Bekins, MS, CCC-SLP, The Jane and Richard Thomas Center for Down Syndrome at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH

Do you ever wonder, “Why do some individuals with DS have clear speech and others don’t?” or “What can I do to help my child talk?”
This course will take an in-depth look at the types of speech disorders that exist among children with DS, discuss the importance of
evidence-based clinical treatment, and tackle common questions about using sign language, oral-motor therapy, and assistive technology. Participants will receive practical suggestions to use at home including tools and activities.

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