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More than 400,000 Americans have Down Syndrome and it is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition. Occupational therapy plays an important role in the lives of people with Down Syndrome (and their families) throughout the lifespan.
Just 30 years ago the life expectancy for an individual with Down Syndrome was 25 years old, but thanks to research, education, advocacy, and advances in therapy people with Down Syndrome now have a life expectancy of 60 years old. Occupational therapy can help from infancy to adulthood.
Whether it’s mastering skills for independence or addressing feeding problems in infants due to weak muscles, occupational therapy practitioners help individuals with Down Syndrome have a full and meaningful life by living independently, participating in the workforce, graduating high school, going to college, and being part of social and recreational activities.
Want more information? Check out this article that outlines occupational therapy’s role throughout the lifespan of an individual with Down Syndrome.
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