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Importance of Initiating a “Tummy Time” Intervention Early in Infants With Down Syndrome

Wentz, Erin E. PT

doi: 10.1097/PEP.0000000000000335
Research Reports

Purpose: This study compared differences in motor development in infants with Down syndrome beginning a tummy time intervention before 11 weeks of age and after 11 weeks of age.

Methods: Nineteen infants with Down syndrome participated in tummy time until they could independently transition in and out of sitting. Motor development was assessed monthly using the Bayley III Motor Scales and compared between the groups.

Results: A difference in motor development between early and late groups is apparent 1, 2, and 3 months following intervention initiation. Conclusion: Early implemented tummy time was effective in reducing motor delay in young infants with Down syndrome and is a prudent first step in intervention.

This study compared differences in motor development in infants with Down syndrome beginning a tummy time intervention before 11 weeks of age and after 11 weeks of age.

The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Correspondence: Erin E. Wentz, PT, University of Michigan, School of Kinesiology, 1402 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (erinengw@umich.edu).

Grant Support: This study was supported by grants from the US Department of Special Education Programs (H325D110003) and the Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan.

At the time this article was written, Erin E. Wentz was a graduate student at the University of Michigan, School of Kinesiology, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

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