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Outpatient physical therapy for a toddler with Down syndrome presenting with developmental delays

A pediatric patient with Down Syndrome was seen for outpatient physical therapy treatment provided by a student for ten sessions from February to June 2014 at a university setting under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. The patient was evaluated at the initial encounter with Peabody Developmental Motor Scale-2 and Gross Motor Function Measurement-88 and a plan of care was established. Main goals for the patient were to improve developmental motor functions through increasing functional strength, gait endurance and speed, improving balance, and independent ambulation of stairs. Main interventions used were task-specific, family-centered, and high-intensity approaches. The patient achieved the following goals of increased functional strength, gait endurance and speed, improved balance, and independent ambulation of stairs. The patient was discharged home to prior living arrangement with mother as primary caregiver.

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