Celebrating Down Syndrome – Uncover the Possibilities with SCADD
Down syndrome is a genetic condition that occurs when a person has an extra copy of chromosome 21. It is the most common chromosomal condition and affects approximately 1 in 700 babies born in the United States. Down syndrome is characterized by distinctive physical features, developmental delays, and intellectual disability.
Down syndrome is usually diagnosed at birth based on physical characteristics, such as low muscle tone and a flat facial profile, as well as genetic testing. Prenatal screening tests may also indicate a higher likelihood of Down syndrome, which can be confirmed through diagnostic tests such as amniocentesis.
Children with Down syndrome may benefit from a range of interventions to support their physical and cognitive development. These may include speech therapy to improve communication skills, physical therapy to improve muscle strength and coordination, and occupational therapy to develop fine motor skills. Early intervention services, such as early childhood education programs, may also be helpful in supporting a child's development. With appropriate support and intervention, individuals with Down syndrome can lead fulfilling and meaningful lives.