If you’re raising a child with Sotos Syndrome you know there are many physical and developmental challenges that must be addressed. Finding qualified professionals to help your child grow and develop is a crucial part of the process. It’s important to understand exactly what Sotos Syndrome is, what the symptoms are, and how physical therapy can be part of a successful care plan. Jeevam Therapy is qualified to help you and your child find the best quality of life through physical therapy.
What is Sotos Syndrome?
Sotos Syndrome is a rare disorder that is caused by a mutation on a specific chromosome. Children with this disorder tend to grow quickly during their early years. They are often taller and heavier than other children the same age. It’s important to note that Sotos Syndrome is not a life-threatening disorder and that most individuals with this condition can expect average life expectancy.
What are the Symptoms of Sotos Syndrome?
There are several symptoms that parents should be aware of. Some of the more prominent symptoms include the following:
- A child with this disorder normally will have a long, large head, and a large amount of space between the eyes.
- Children will usually have larger feet and hands.
- Mild cognitive impairment is often associated with this disorder.
- A child will likely have delayed motor development and low muscle tone.
- Children may also have an awkward gait or clumsy, slow movements.
How Can Physical Therapy Help Those with Sotos Syndrome?
Physical therapy can help a child with Sotos Syndrome develop and improve their motor development. A physical therapist can create an individualized plan for a child that will focus specifically on the fine and gross motor skills that need developing. Treatment might include exercises that improve coordination. A physical therapist might also teach fun dance movements that develop better balance skills while increasing a child’s confidence. Handling manipulatives and toys may help those who need to improve their fine motor skills. Physical therapy offers a variety of treatment options to meet each child’s specific needs.
How Can Jeevam Therapy Help?
At Jeevam Therapy in Edison and Paramus, NJ, we can provide professional and compassionate physical therapy for your child. A physical therapist will do a personal evaluation of your child and create a program that can help accelerate the improvement of motor skills and build muscle. Click here to request an appointment today to find out how a physical therapist at Jeevam Therapy can help your child lead a full and active life!