Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Development Cycles

I have written before about the interesting development cycles that are associated with Down Syndrome. I don't think you'll find it in any medical papers (or maybe I just haven't read enough!), but most people you speak to tell you about it and most parents I've spoken to have experienced them. Maybe its only something that's associated with the first few years...will be interesting to find out.

Instead of a continually escalating development cycle like you would find in a normal child, who's always learning something new whether it be around physical, fine motor, language or social skills. The Down Syndrome cycles seem to follow long 'plateau' periods and then sudden 'development' periods. We were in a plateau period for about 6 months last year. It's incredible challenging and frustrating. Not seeing any changes, nothing seeming to be improving...but it also makes a development period even more rewarding. We seem to have been on a developing cycles for the past 2 months or so.

Katelyn has picked up so many new signs, is communicating using sign-language (as opposed to just signing a few animals) , seems to be understanding so much starting to stand a lot! Its a wonderful period to be in - so rewarding to suddenly see things changing.

Katelyn just loves it when I play the piano

She's so enjoying time on her trike. Its great that there's finally a bike of sorts that does work for her.

Post swim cuddles

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