How TheraTogs Can Help
TheraTogs garments deliver the enhanced somatosensory input and gentle mechanical stability of a customized body hug. Strapping is available to improve the alignment of the spine and pelvis, to shorten long muscles – usually abdominals – to allow them to work in shortened state, and to reduce the functioning base of support.
The customizability of TheraTogs strapping strategies empowers attending therapists to design problem-specific systems that support their therapy goals. For this reason, please find condition-specific discussions at these knowledge base entries:
Which TheraTogs Systems to Use
These TheraTogs products support therapy goals for clients with Down syndrome:
Full Body System (FBS) – (includes limb strapping components)
Wunzi System (for infants and young preschoolers).
Applicable Science and Therapy Approaches
Sciences that apply to the management of clients with Down syndrome:
Somatosensory information processing and modulation
Neural plasticity: cortical mapping and massed practice
Therapy approaches that can be used to address the management of clients with Down syndrome:
Movement System [Impairment Syndrome] Analysis and Management
Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT)
More About Postural and Movement Problems in Down Syndrome
Generalized hypotonia and ligament laxity in many joints diminish the function of the somatosensory (position and movement) receptors in joints and muscles, contributing to delays and deficits in the development of postural control and gross motor skills. The relaxed postures of hypotonia impose lengthening on supporting muscles, compromising their strength. Children with Down Syndrome are known to respond favorably to a variety of therapy approaches including sensory integration, vestibular stimulation, and neurodevelopmental therapy.
For more information about Down Syndrome, see:
National Association for Down Syndrome
National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) – Down Syndrome Facts
Pereira K, Basso RP, Lindquist AR, da Silva LG, Tudella E. 2013. Infants with Down syndrome: percentage and age for acquisition of gross motor skills. Res Dev Disabil. 34(3):894-901.
Uyanik M, Bumin G, Kayihan H.2003. Comparison of different therapy approaches in children with Down syndrome. Pediatr Int. 45(1): 68-73.