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Inspired By Down Syndrome

Lots and lots of big words come with a diagnosis, whether it’s Down syndrome, autism, cancer or anything in between.

Here are some that we use:

Ds: Down syndrome

IEP: Individualized Education Program/Plan

OT: Occupational therapist, works with fine motor skills like writing

PT: Physical therapist, works with gross motor skills like walking, jumping

ST/SLP: Speech Therapist/Speech-Language Pathologist, works with talking, feeding

IFSP: Individualized Family Service Plan, the plan before the IEP (this is for birth-3yrs)

T21: Trisomy 21, the medical term for Down syndrome

ASL: American Sign Language (we used Signing Time for many years – I highly recommend this even for children who can speak – I used this to teach both of my ‘typical’ children how to sign)

NDSS: National Down Syndrome Society (where I get most of my info about Down syndrome)

NDSC: National Down Syndrome Congress

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