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SLP, OT, PT for Down Syndrome: Supports Across the Lifespan

May 2024 | Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group-USA - Therapy Workgroup

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The Therapy Workgroup of the Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group-USA (DSMIG-USA) developed a resource (linked above) that describes how speech-language pathologists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists can support people with Down syndrome of all ages. These professionals can collaborate with families, support teams, and other professionals to help individuals with Down syndrome achieve their goals. 

Some areas in which these professionals may help include: 

  • Academics

  • Adaptive equipment

  • Assistive technology

  • Balance

  • Communication

  • Employment

  • Endurance

  • Executive functioning

  • Feeding and swallowing

  • Fine motor

  • Gait/walking

  • Gross motor

  • Mental wellness

  • Play and leisure

  • Post-surgical

  • Self-care

  • Sensory processing

  • Social skills

  • Strengthening

  • Toileting


DSMIG-USA is a group of health professionals committed to promoting the optimal health care and wellness of individuals with Down syndrome across the lifespan. Members include physicians, scientists, psychologists, nurses, genetic counselors, therapists, clinic coordinators, and health professionals from a variety of disciplines. More resources are available on the DSMIG-USA Resources page opens in new window

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Please note: The information on this site is for educational purposes only and is not intended to serve as a substitute for a medical, psychiatric, mental health, or behavioral evaluation, diagnosis, or treatment plan by a qualified professional. We recommend you review the educational material with your health providers regarding the specifics of your health care needs.