Water activities are a part of everyday life in Florida. Swimming is so much more than meets the eye! Swimming provides your child with excellent physical conditioning, social interaction, self-confidence, safety, increased ability to follow instructions and FUN! You can choose any swim program that meets your child's needs from ISR (Infant Safety Research) to Safe Start (same program but offered at the YMCA) to a personal (certified) swim instructor. As long as the instructors have a school and or a certified program you can apply to use our scholarship to take their lessons.
The ability to speak and pronounce words correctly can be a lot of effort for individuals with Down syndrome due to the low muscle tone and small oral structure that is typical with Trisomy 21. However, with hard work and the right tools, speech patterns and pronunciation can be improved quite dramatically. The necessity to improve the oral motor abilities of individuals with Down syndrome isn't only important for speech, but also for proper eating and even breathing. One of the therapies that has proven to be very success to help individuals with Down syndrome improve their muscle tone, coordination, tongue placement, speech patterns and language is the Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson Talk Tools Methodology.
Known for it's fun programs using horns, whistles, bubbles, straws and more, the TalkTools program is not a replacement for regular Speech Therapy. It does, however, provide an additional evaluation and set of tools which parents and local therapists can use to work with your child or loved one, to improve many aspects of their daily life. The FOUNDATION is proud to offer the services of Whitney Pimentel, from TalkTools, this December. To learn more about the last TalkTools Clinic, please click here.