Just a few of the different tools and therapies we have used along the way.

While these tools have worked for us, please remember that every child is different and what may work for one may not be the right fit for another. The tools listed are provided without any guarantees. In association with the tools on this page, Baskets of Love - Down Syndrome makes no warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, of title, or of noninfringement of third party rights. Use of the tools by a user is at the user’s choice.

Although delayed, almost all children with Down syndrome will use spoken language as their main means of communication. The use of signs in early years will help them to progress but for most children signs are used as a bridge to talking. Although our little man is mostly non-verbal, with the help of Signing Time! we have seen a sign explosion and the ability to communicate using a visual language. He loves the original music and how much fun Rachel makes sign language. Many basic signs resemble what they mean. For example, to sign ball, you show the shape of a ball with your hands. Sign up for their newsletter for special offers, sales and promotions.

TalkTools helps those with speech, oral placement and feeding difficulties. Using an approach based on sensory and tactile input. We have used many products from TalkTools as parents can learn the basics of TalkTools and use these with their child. TalkTools also combines caregiver and therapist lead approaches. TalkTools techniques are not usually used in isolation, but form part of an overall approach to communication and feeding therapy. Visit their website to browse their catalog. There are also many demonstration videos on YouTube!

The Ups and Downs - Calgary Down Syndrome Association has posted a great list of toy suggestions from Occupational Therapist, Lauren Rhymes. Check out the list here. The toys are not recommended for children of all ages, as the developmental age of your child should be considered when selecting any toy for use. The toys pictured within the handout are for example purposes only as they may not be the best or only option available of that type of toy; therefore, there is no recommendation to purchase any one brand of toy over another. When selecting a toy for specific therapy goals, it is recommended to check with your child’s therapy team to help make the best selection for your child. As always, parents are responsible for using toys in a safe manner and as directed.

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