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唐氏综合症儿童的生长发育程度是家长们经常关心的一个问题。 家长们在关心他们的孩子能否赶上正常儿童的发育进程的同时, 也很想了解他们的孩子跟其他患有唐氏综合症的孩子相比有何相同和不同。为了能回答家长们的这个问题, 我们建立了此唐氏综合症儿童的发育量表。 该量表提供给家长们正常儿童在儿童,幼儿和学龄前儿童的发育情况, 同时也提供了唐氏综合症儿童的发育情况, 以作为参考。 Continue reading “唐氏综合症儿童发育量表”

Developmental Scale for Children with Down Syndrome

Editor’s note: The accompanying form can be downloaded via the link at the bottom of this post.

Social and Communication Issues

One of the most frequently asked questions by parents of children with Down syndrome is how their child is doing compared to other children with Down syndrome?  They are curious as to whether their child is keeping up with typically developing children, but realize that it is more important to judge their child with other children with a similar syndrome.  To assist in the answer to this question, I have developed a Developmental Scale for Children with Down Syndrome.  The Developmental Scale provides the best information I know about young children with Down syndrome seen in our clinic as well as what we have read in the literature.  It also provides what typically developing children demonstrate during infancy, toddler, and preschool ages.  The Developmental Scale has not been scrutinized by colleagues or parents, and, therefore, provides only our best judgment of what can be expected. Continue reading “Developmental Scale for Children with Down Syndrome”

Technology Use for Children with Down Syndrome: The iPad

Several families know that we use the Apple iPad with children seen at our Center.  We are being asked what “apps” (i.e., applications) we would recommend and for what age of child.  We would like to start by saying that we have not had our iPad very long since it has only been on the market for a short time; but, we have found it to be quite useful.  Most of the children we see are quite taken by the technology.  They focus more, interact with it easily, and verbally interact with the appropriate apps.  We are quite pleased with its use as a supplement to our regular treatment session. The basic cost for the iPad is $479 Wifi 16 GB or $545 Wifi 32 GB.  Some of the apps uploads are free, but most range from $0.99 to $4.99.  Uploading children’s story books tend to be more expensive.  If you have not seen Apple’s promotion, go to their web page and view them.  Do remember they are promoting it for adults and not necessarily for children; thus, many of the applications are good but not necessarily appropriate for your child.  We will try to show you the apps we are using for our children. Continue reading “Technology Use for Children with Down Syndrome: The iPad”

Juego y Apredizaje

Tenemos un lema en nuestro Centro: Juego es el modo de aprendizaje del cerebro. Juego permite el cerebro aprender acerca de objetos, eventos y relaciones del mundo del niño. Juego ayuda a desarrollar los conocimientos acerca de las relaciones espaciales causal temporal. Juego también tiene un propósito simbólico donde el niño desarrolla una imaginación, crea historias y aplica a pensar con habilidades de razonamiento. Para muchos, el juego es el precursor del lenguaje, por lo menos el potenciador de comunicación simbólica social. Por eso el juego es una parte tan importante de desarrollo. Continue reading “Juego y Apredizaje”

Ask The Expert: Play and Learning

Note: This article originally appeared in the May/June 2011 issue of TDSN News. Leerlo en español.
We have a motto at our Center: Play is the Brain’s Way of Learning. Play allows the brain to learn about objects, events, and relationships of the child’s world. Play helps to develop knowledge about spatial-temporal-causal relationships. Play also has a symbolic purpose where the child develops an imagination, creates stories, and applies thinking with reasoning skills. To many, Play is the precursor to language, at least the enhancer of social- symbolic-communication. This is why Play is such an important part of development. Continue reading “Ask The Expert: Play and Learning”

Buddy Walk 2010

Dr. Layton and his friends go to support the Fall 2010 Buddy Walk. The record-breaking 12th annual Buddy Walk at Briar Creek was great fun. The Buddy Walk is put on each year by the Triangle Down Syndrome Network. Continue reading “Buddy Walk 2010”

Fall Festival 2010

The Fall Festival 2010 was a huge success! The children got to enjoy face painting, farm animals, hayrides, and even horseback riding. Continue reading “Fall Festival 2010”

Drs. Layton and Hao Travel to China

Dr. Layton traveled to Guangzhou People’s Republic of China in August to train parents and professionals on “Communication Among Children with Down Syndrome.” The training lasted three days including Dr. Layton evaluating several young Chinese children with Down syndrome. Continue reading “Drs. Layton and Hao Travel to China”

CLAWS Presents at T and T Communication

Creative Learning About Wildlife Species (CLAWS) presented to the children at T and T Communication on July 21, 2010. The children learned about several wild animals and they were able to have their pictures taken with the owls. Continue reading “CLAWS Presents at T and T Communication”

Talk and Total Celebrates Its 10th Year

Talk and Total Communication celebrates its 10th year. Dr. Layton, colleagues, families and friends came together on May 21, 2010 at an open house celebrating the 10th year opening of the Center.
Also, it was a time for celebrating Dr. Layton’s retirement from North Carolina Central University. Dr. Layton plans on working full time at T & T Communication and expects to travel, conduct training sessions, as well as complete several research projects. Of course, his first goal is to continue to serve the many children and families seen at the Center. Continue reading “Talk and Total Celebrates Its 10th Year”