There are many different types of genetic disorders that can be diagnosed in children. These disorders can cause mild or severe developmental disabilities. Syndromes may present characteristic symptom patterns such as facial feature abnormalities, limb length discrepancies, organ anomalies, abnormal muscle tone, and hyper-mobile joints. Examples of these syndromes include Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, Prader-Willi syndrome, Tay-Sachs disease, Fragile X syndrome, and diabetes.
Aside for overall health problems, children with genetic diseases often present with developmental issues relating to strength, muscle tone and endurance. At PTatric Therapy we provide parent education and implement various programs and strategies to help children achieve their optimal level of function throughout their developmental years. Physical therapists can be helpful in areas such as; attainment of gross motor skills, strength training, endurance, orthotic management, positioning and assessment of equipment needs.