As Rick mentioned before, Dr. Ulrich is doing fantastic research to help children born with Down syndrome grow and develop. His idea is that the sooner children walk and explore their environment the better it is for their development as a whole. I have heard frequently;
“Once my child started walking their speech improved significantly.”
I am not trying to rush Noah, I know he will walk when he is ready, but I love putting evidence-based medicine into action. I love that someone cares enough about hypotonia, and in turn my child, to be doing this research. I’m just starting to learn about all that is out there, and I can’t wait to share what I discover.
A Free Downloadable Treadmill Training Protocol For You.
Dr. Ulrich was gracious enough to share his protocol with us for starting treadmill training so that we could share it with all of you. Granted you do need treadmill access and a bench to do this. We have embedded the treadmill protocol below, and you should also be able to download, and print as well. You are welcome to give this protocol to your child’s physical therapist if they aren’t already aware about Treadmill Training.
(As always, please check with your child’s pediatrician and/or physical therapist before using any of the suggestions on our website.)
Procedures To Use The Treadmill Training In Infants With Down Syndrome
Our physical therapist uses a fancy harness to help with Noah’s training the majority of the time. It’s hard work to hold a baby over a treadmill! It gives her more freedom to work on his legs if needed. I think it is pretty funny as he looks like he has jumped out of an airplane and is using a parachute. 🙂
Noah is highly fascinated by the contraption and has never seemed to mind hanging out in it one bit. In fact, I am fairly certain he thinks it is awesome to lift his legs up and just hang there, and who wouldn’t do that if they were able to be suspended in the air?
Is anyone thinking about or doing treadmill training? How do you feel it is going if you are?