PEDro celebrates World Down Syndrome Day on 21 March 2020

21 March 2020 is #WorldDownSyndromeDay. This year’s theme is #WeDecide, a campaign encouraging all people with Down Syndrome to participate fully in decision making that affects their lives. Physiotherapists who work with children and adults with Down Syndrome can play a role in empowering and advocating for effective and meaningful participation in health-related decision making.

Physiotherapists can also make a difference to the lives of those with Down Syndrome by working with individuals and families to encourage development of motor skills, independence in activities of daily living, as well as participation in physical activity. They can help address issues such as motor incoordination, muscle weakness, impaired ventilation, and reduced exercise tolerance.

There is a growing body of clinical research to guide the physiotherapy management of people with Down Syndrome. PEDro currently indexes over 80 trials and systematic reviews evaluating physiotherapy treatment for people with Down Syndrome. You can explore some recent systematic reviews regarding interventions to improve balance, strength, aerobic fitness, and physical activity participation:

Some high-quality randomised controlled trials evaluating physiotherapy treatments for Down Syndrome that are indexed in PEDro include:

To keep up-to-date with the latest trials, reviews and guidelines evaluating physiotherapy interventions for people with Down Syndrome subscribe to the paediatrics feed of PEDro’s Evidence in your inbox. Subscription is free.

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