Today, March 21, World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated with the aim of raising awareness about the existence and needs of these people and of transferring a positive message to society to fight against the stereotypes and prejudices that are still present.
Down syndrome is a genetic disorder in which a person has 47 chromosomes in their karyotype instead of 46. This causes the person to present physical and mental abnormalities, usually having variable effects on learning styles, physical characteristics or health, with different degrees of severity.
Today there are treatments that, while not eradicating the problems of Down Syndrome in its entirety, do allow the person to have an independent and productive life.
The Canis Majoris Canine Therapists’ interventions with people with Down Syndrome are divided into 8-month cycles with a frequency of one session a week.
We work at a cognitive, physical, social and emotional level, developing varied sessions depending on the objectives to be worked on. Once each cycle is finished, we are able to observe the following benefits from the records we collect:
A better interaction between the users and the professionals is observed.
Motivation and self-esteem are also increased, since for them it is a very motivating and different activity.
They are able to express themselves better. Benefits are seen at the level of verbal and non-verbal language.
Their emotional state improves, since they give and receive love and love from the dog and from the canine therapists.
There is a decrease in disruptive behaviors.
On a physical level, there are improvements in fine and gross motor skills, since the activities are active and stimulating.