Empowering Families: Aster RV Hospital Partners with RV College for Free Health Assessments for Children with Down Syndrome

Empowering Families: Aster RV Hospital Partners with RV College for Free Health Assessments for Children with Down SyndromeAster RV Hospital, in association with RV College of Physiotherapy, organized a complimentary health check-up for children with Down syndrome. The initiative aimed to highlight the crucial role of regular medical care and personalized treatment in managing this genetic condition. Around 25 children participated in the health check-up, receiving comprehensive assessments by qualified medical professionals. This included evaluations of Physical health, checking for potential health concerns common in Down syndrome, such as heart defects, thyroid issues, and hearing or vision problems, Developmental progress where assessment of motor skills, cognitive development, and communication abilities was done, apart from which sensory needs evaluating potential sensory sensitivities that can impact daily life was also checked upon.

Following the assessments, Aster RV Hospital’s team of specialists provided personalized recommendations to the participating families which included early intervention programs recommending physical therapy, speech-language therapy, and occupational therapy programs to support development and independence and specialized treatment plans addressing specific health concerns identified during the check-up, potentially including medications for conditions like thyroid issues or heart problems. Families were also educated on the importance of regular checkups and preventive care for individuals with Down syndrome.

Dr. Sujatha Thyagarajan , Sr. Consultant – Paediatrics & Paediatric Intensive care, Aster RV Hospital, said: “While Down syndrome is a lifelong condition, regular checkups and appropriate treatment play a crucial role in optimizing the health and well-being of individuals. Early  intervention can significantly improve developmental outcomes, while personalized treatment plans can address various health concerns.”

Dr Pallavi Wajapey (PT) Associate Professor and HOD Pediatric Physiotherapy and Dr Akshata Nadgir(PT) Assistant Professor. RVCP were the pediatric physios for the day at RV College of Physiotherapy, added: “Collaboration between medical professionals and therapists is essential in providing a holistic approach to Down syndrome management. By working together, we can empower these individuals to reach their full potential. We are glad we were a part of this program.”

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