Tuesday, November 13th, 2007
Treadmill Training Helps Babies with Down Syndrome Walk Sooner
Researchers at the University of Michigan have reported that babies with Down syndrome learned to walk 4 to 5 months earlier than usual after receiving treadmill training for 8 minutes a day, 5 days a week. A parent would sit on a bench straddling a treadmill, and hold the baby as steps were taken. More intense training may improve abilities even further.
On average, kids walk around 12-months-of-age, but babies with Down syndrome typically learn between 24 and 28 months.
This is important because mobility (independence) is a milestone that hastens a child’s understanding of the world around him and cascades into many other milestones.
A bit of bad news is that the treadmill costs $1,200, although it’s unclear what special features it has aside from not having adult hand rails.
- Down syndrome Research Foundation
- Down Syndrome Quarterly (research journal)
- Down syndrome website directory
[Hat tip: initial news link via BebÃ©s y mÃ¡s]