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Down Syndrome and Play Therapy

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Christina Smith

on 10 April 2013

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Transcript of Down Syndrome and Play Therapy

My Story What is Down Syndrome? Extra Copy of Chromosome 21 Facts about Down Syndrome * One in 691 babies are born with
Down Syndrome in the US
(approx. 6,000 births a year)

* 400,000+ people living with
Down Syndrome in US

* 80% of children with Down Syndrome
were born to a woman under age 35

* Children with Down Syndrome have
increased risk of health concerns
- i.e. heart defects, respiratory, vision,
and hearing problems, etc. What is Play Therapy? *Statistics from National Down Syndrome Society Developmental Delays Play Therapy Can Help
Children Who... * Need help realizing their full potential
* Have nightmares or trouble sleeping
* Are having problems in school
* Have suffered from a trauma
* Have suffered abuse
* Suffers from anxiety or stress
* Have suffered from loss
* Are ill, disabled, or autistic *Lists from Play Therapy International Play Therapy Includes... * Non-directive- child driven play
* Directive- therapist driven play
* Creating a safe and caring environment
* Play with as few limits as possible
* No medication
* Therapist reflections on observations
* Providing child with coping strategies Play Therapy and
Children with Down Syndrome My Hypothesis Providing Play Therapy for
Children with Down Syndrome Form of psychoanalytic therapy where children are given specific play objects and allowed to express themselves. * Developmental delays in speech causes
frustrations with communication

* Process of developing understanding of
individual potentials

* Help cope with struggles through physical
health concerns

* Provide safe and accessible environment
for coping with mental health concerns
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