Toddler

 Why is some TV beneficial? I have let Jett watch up to 30 minutes of television a day since he was about 15 months old, after I first read the article, “The Selective Use of TV and Videos for Advancing the Development of Special Needs, Typical and Accelerated Preschool Children”, by Robert J. Doman Jr,

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Oxidative stress and inflammation are toxic to neurons and can lead to the death of brain cells. Since this occurs more often in the brain of someone with T21 — and is reported to happen even before birth — a good antioxidant is important to use. Fortunately, blueberries are one of the most powerful antioxidants

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For Jett’s lunch, I keep it simple and I haven’t gotten any complaints. His drink container is the durable,  nontoxic, steel Foogo straw cup that has silicone on the upper part of the straw and I buy this silicone straw that replaces the plastic one that comes with it. (I do cut the straw to

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What lab testing should I request from my child’s physician? In the US, your child’s physician is likely to be following these conservative 2011 guidelines for “health supervision” of Down syndrome. Some physicians don’t even do that much, so if your child hasn’t had all of the tests listed, it’s easy to request them. These

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This was Jett’s one hour “workout” at age 4 that he did with a local teen, Kiana, in the summer. It includes activities that target four major areas: active/heart, legs, arms/weight bearing, relaxing and brain stimulating activities… The “read book” was a different Spanish/English book with the vocabulary. (The teen was bilingual.) You could subs…

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Learn how to optimize the health and well being of individuals with Down syndrome… Overview Action Plan for Parents of Children with Down Syndrome Slides: Action Plan for Parents of Children with Down Syndrome With proper intervention—physical, nutritional, neurodevelopmental, medicinal and environmental—your child’s future can be full of… ♥ Hi friend! Please login to view

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Why ginkgo for those with DS? Many people with T21 tend to have an over expression or too much of GABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid). According to Wikipedia, “GABA is the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. Its principal role is reducing neuronal excitability throughout the nervous system. GABA is also directly responsible… ♥ Hi

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Bacopa Monnieri Extract (BME)

In Dr. Usman’s presentation during the 2012 Down syndrome track at AutismOne, she mentioned how Bacopa Monera can help our kids with stimming. (See her presentation on Exploring Options for Down Syndrome, brought to you by Down Syndrome OPTIONs). So, I thought I’d give it a try. We were having issues with Jett running in

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Neurodevelopmental Therapy

What is Neurodevelopmental Therapy? NDT, neurodevelopmental therapy, is an all-inclusive program. I’d start this as soon as possible or after integrating the reflexes with the QRI Laser Home Program for at least six months. NDT addresses all the senses, so it includes speech, gross/fine motor, cognitive support, educational strategies, nutriti… ♥ Hi friend! Please login

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