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5 Recreational Activities for a Child with Down Syndrome

Written by: Iris

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In order for children with Down Syndrome to enjoy a meaningful life, both full guidance and utmost support are unquestionably vital. In general, the physical and mental development of children with Down Syndrome are delayed and their intellectual disability goes from mild to moderate. Some children may have vision and hearing problems, while others may have diseases present from birth. Despite this, they are very much capable of learning new things and developing more skills, paving the way for a more productive life. Many people with Down Syndrome have succeeded in their chosen field. For instance Summer Heights High's Danny Alsabbagh, Lauren Potter of Glee and Sujeet Desai, who's an accomplished musician- the list could go on. Some may not have gained popularity, yet have inspired others by fruitfully living out their life- getting married, having a family, maintaining a regular job, and completing things that people without disability do. It has been confirmed that with continual encouragement, alongside a strong support system, a suitable environment and the appropriate nutrition and healthcare, success is achievable! Here are five types of activities that will help you in fostering your child’s learning and development.

 

Fine Motor Skills

More often than not, kids with Down Syndrome also have Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). They have a hard time "feeling" due to their weak muscles. They may find it awkward to be touched, have trouble grasping objects and tend to get clumsy. Engaging in skills dealing with small muscle groups such as the use of clays and Play-Doh’s, building with lego, or simply letting them play with water and sand will definitely improve their muscles and movements.

 young girl playing with play-doh

 

Arts

Arts will allow kids to express themselves while developing their hand-eye coordination. It promotes creativity and improves imagination, aiding their awareness development. Finishing an artwork can also give a great source of confidence. From scribbling to finger painting to drawing, the experience is definitely relaxing and uplifting for the kid.

 kid drawing with paint

 

Music

Music plays an important role to the progress of a child with Down Syndrome, as it helps them in retaining memory. You can use a certain type of music that the kid loves for a specific routine, allowing them to associate this music to future activities, forming a habit through music. Have some musical toys accessible for your child, and if they show an interest in learning how to play a musical instrument then take advantage of that keenness to build it up into a talent!

 child playing piano

 

Traveling

Traveling is advantageous to everyone, and provides good experience and teaching for children with Down Syndrome. Sight-seeing will give them an educational and visually entertaining memory. Meeting new people also promotes communication. Walking around the zoo not only allows them to know the different kinds of species, but enables them to be physically fit. Whether they're riding a plane, coach or cruising, each aspect of their holiday is definitely a learning experience!

 

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 child feeding deers

 

Sports

Engaging in sports provides a lot of positive benefits to your child. A child with Down Syndrome may have difficulty in learning the fundamentals of a certain sport, hence why breaking down the different parts of a sporting opportunity is ideal. This will allow them to learn it eventually as a whole. Modifying the equipments and the venue will greatly help too. Depending on your child's physical capabilities and fitness levels, activities like balancing on a beam, hopping, cycling, and running will all help in strengthening your child's muscles, thus improving their physical condition. It's amazing that nowadays, there is already an improved inclusion of children with Down Syndrome in sporting events and community activities!

 kids running towards sunset

 

 

Make sure to choose the right activities for your child's level and provide them the best tools and an ultimately encouraging environment that’s beneficial for their well-being. Be strong, patient and optimistic as for your child to mirror these, you should be the first one to express said traits. And just like any other kids, your child is a gift! Wrap them with love, understanding and respect.  You'll soon find yourself witnessing a certain type of magic happening right before your eyes. Not the type that will make everything better in a snap, but the sort of magic twinkled by time, weaved by fondness and bonded with devotion: the type of magic only love can produce.  All of your hard work will certainly be worth it by becoming a part of their milestones, celebrating their improvements and joys in finding achievement, on their way to a remarkable development. It’s not impossible that kids with Down Syndrome will attain the things that they set their minds to in their lives. Your child is your biggest investment, and although there are moments of accomplishments and times of disappointments, giving your 100% won't have any unfavorable effects- it’ll always be for their good for sure! You hold the wand in creating that magic. Have fun using it as you create happy memories with your child - the love of your life! J  

mother kissing baby 


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