Things to Know: More On Early Intervention and Down Syndrome

by Carrie with Children with 7 comments

A few weeks ago, I told all about the early intervention programs that Molly attends on a weekly basis.  I look forward to Wednesdays, just because I know it’s therapy day. (However, I don’t like having to wake up early!)  I love watching Molly learn, progress and having fun!

Today, I thought it might be helpful to share some information from The National Down Syndrome Society that offers more specifics on early interventions.

  • Early intervention is a systematic program of therapy, exercises and activities designed to address developmental delays that may be experienced by children with Down syndrome or other disabilities.
  • In monitoring the development of a child with Down syndrome, it is more useful to look at the sequence of milestones achieved, rather than the age at which the milestone is reached.
  • Occupational therapy helps children develop and master skills for independence. Occupational therapy can help with abilities such as opening and closing things, picking up and releasing toys of various sizes and shapes, stacking and building, manipulating knobs and buttons, experimenting with crayons etc.
  • Even though babies with Down syndrome may not say first words until 2 or 3 years of age, there are many pre-speech and pre-language skills that must be acquired first. These include the ability to imitate and echo sounds; turn taking skills
  • The goal of early intervention programs is to enhance and accelerate development by building on a child’s strengths and by strengthening those areas that are weaker, in all areas of development.

Okay…so enough about us!  What questions do you have about Molly’s early intervention programs? While I’m definitely not an expert in this area, I enjoy the conversation that typically develops in the comments section!

Want to read past “Things to Know About Down Syndrome” series?  Check out my past articles More Things to Know About Down Syndrome and Things to Know About Down Syndrome and Things To Know About Down Syndrome – Physical Traits.


  • Adrianne

    Great blog, Molly is a cutie!! Folowing you from Bee Friendly!

  • Michelle

    Molly is adorable!!

    • Carrie with Children

      Thanks, Michelle! We are so proud of her! She’s a superstar!

  • Working Mommy

    This is a very informative post! It seems to me like, even though we’d like to think differently, there is still little known about down syndrome. Each child is different and reacts differently to therapy, etc. It is nice to see Molly being able to have a great time and learn so much!


    • Carrie with Children

      Thank you so much! There is still so much to be learned about Down syndrome. Thanks for reading!

  • Jarek

    My name is Jarek and I come from Poland, pretty far from your place. My friend from USA ask me to watch on your page and I found it very good. My son Jan is 4,5 now. He would not have achieved all what he achieved without a proper early intervention programm and treatment. As you write the intervention programm must be systematic set of diffrent programms and techniques. In the most places where I visit such places Bobath method dominate. In my city the early intervention programm is built for 0-12 months children. Later on we got early support programm and then kindergarten from 2,5.
    From my experiance I see that the most unknown therapy is Castillo-Moralles therapy. DS children got weak muscles, around the lips as well. Castillo-Moralles makes the muscles on the face better, stronger even changing the shape of the face. My Jan speaks very precisly and I see that this a huge success of that method. What more….swimming pool the best of all! What is the most basic methods? Of course Voita practices which for one is too difficult for others builds development of neurology system the quickiest, Bobath, Mazguthova kinesic for some of the children. To speak and develope speaking Doman method, early reading methods and a lot of practising at the very beginning in singing. It works!

    All the best for all of you.