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How might occupational therapy help a child with Down syndrome?

Occupational therapy (OT) centers on helping an individual to accomplish tasks that require the coordination of movements, mostly those involving the hands and arms (fine motor) but also the mouth (oral motor). Many everyday activities, like drinking from a cup, putting on a coat, or writing with a pencil, rely on fine-motor or oral motor skills. Children with Down syndrome may have low muscle tone and shorter fingers than typical, making such self-care tasks difficult. OT can help children strengthen muscles and refine dexterity to make these everyday activities more manageable.

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