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Down Syndrome Therapy Services in Chattanooga, TN

Siskin's team of pediatricians, occupational therapists and speech therapists provide resources for children with Down syndrome.

What is Down syndrome?

Down syndrome (also known as Trisomy 21) is a genetic disorder caused from an extra copy of chromosome 21. This extra chromosome results in various physical and intellectual characteristics. Down syndrome is usually diagnosed before birth, during the mother’s genetic testing during pregnancy or can be discovered via ultrasound.

Physical characteristics of Down syndrome can include:

  • Almond shaped eyes that slant upward
  • Flat facial profile
  • Small nose and mouth
  • Single crease across the palm of the hand
  • Slower growth patterns and reduced muscle tone

Intellectual characteristics of Down syndrome can include:

  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Delayed development
  • Learning and memory challenges
  • Language and communication challenges
  • Attention and concentration issues

What challenges do children with Down syndrome face?

In addition to physical and intellectual challenges, children with Down syndrome may experience certain health conditions more frequently. These include heart defects, hearing problems, thyroid issues, and more.

It’s important to note that early intervention and therapy services allow individuals with Down syndrome to reach their full potential, living happy and meaningful lives. Children with Down syndrome are still able to attend school, contribute to their communities, find employment, and participate in recreational activities alongside their peers.

What resources are available for children with Down syndrome?

There are many resources available to help children with down syndrome live a fulfilling life. Many agree occupational and speech therapy are beneficial, but our developmental pediatricians at Siskin can also recommend other helpful therapies based on the child’s personal experiences.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a treatment for Down syndrome?

While there is no such thing as “Down syndrome treatment,” down syndrome occupational therapy and down syndrome speech therapy are helpful in improving the physical and language barriers children with down syndrome experience.

At what age should my child start therapy?

Therapy for children with Down syndrome can be started in infancy. Occupational therapy can begin between 6 and 12 months and speech therapy can start at 18 months. Early intervention is key in providing the best outcomes for your child.

How do I start Down syndrome services?

Siskin Children’s Institute is happy to provide a variety of Down syndrome support to the Chattanooga, TN area. We see families from Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama travel to our clinic. To start Down syndrome support services at Siskin, ask your pediatrician to send in a referral.

Where can I find a Down syndrome specialist near me?

Siskin Children’s Institute in downtown Chattanooga is more than a Down syndrome clinic – we offer an array of services for children with disabilities. Contact our clinic anytime with questions.