Down Syndrome: Young Children

By using evidence-informed measures and interventions, therapists can help improve the health, mobility, independent living skills and overall quality of life of young children with Down Syndrome. In this course, Alyssa will review the common presentation of young children with Down Syndrome, and the expected trajectory of their motor skill development. Participants will learn the evidence supporting the use of various standardized assessment tools and intervention approaches. She will discuss how to leverage this knowledge so that participants can confidently participate and contribute to goal setting, creation of plan of care and provision of services and supports to help the child succeed. 

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  Down Syndrome: Assessment and Interventions for Young Children
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Down Syndrome: Assessment and Intervention Planning for Young Children

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What therapists say about Alyssa's course on Cerebral Palsy

"Very knowledgeable, Alyssa did a good job turning research into practice w/ case study!"

- PT with 38 years experience

Down Syndrome - Objectives
"Very informative, can't wait to use what I learned"

- OT with 11 years experience

Down Syndrome - Agenda
"The evidence was presented in a new way that can easily be used in practice."

- PT with 10 years experience

INSTRUCTOR: Alyssa LaForme Fiss, PT, PhD is a Professor of Physical Therapy at Texas Woman’s University in Dallas, Texas. Her research focuses on examining and identifying effective service delivery models to improve activity and participation in children and youth with cerebral palsy and Down syndrome. She served as co-investigator in the multi-site Move & PLAY and On Track research studies examining developmental trajectories of children with cerebral palsy. She has published widely and has presented extensively at the regional, national, and international level. 

AUDIENCE: OTs, PTs, OTAs, PTAs, SLPs and Educators



At the completion of the course, the learner is expected to:

  1. Identify 2 assessment tools that are appropriate for young children with Down Syndrome
  2. Determine the application of motor growth curves and probabilities in intervention planning  
  3. Select 2 intervention strategies that have been shown to promote performance in young children with Down Syndrome 


  • Overview of Down Syndrome 
  • Assessment Tools
  • Prognosis: Growth Curves and Probabilities
  • Goal Setting and Interventions
  • Case Study Application
  • Post-test: 10-item multiple choice. 70% correct answers required to receive a certificate


1.5 continuing education hours of training are awarded to learners who complete this course.

  • Apply EBP, LLC is an approved provider of CEUs for PTs and PTAs in IL, NY; and for OTs and OTAs in IN and IL.
  • This webinar is approved for PTs and PTAs in AR and CA.
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  • These states do not require pre-approval of courses or have no CE requirements for PTs and PTAs: AL, CO, CT, GA, IA, KS, ME, MA, MO, NE, NH, and WA.
  • If you would like to obtain CEUs for another state, please email us.

Learners must watch the video and complete course requirements, including scoring 70% or higher in the post-test to receive a certificate. Five (5) post-test retakes are allowed; if you exceed this limit, please email us.


  • You will have access to this course for at least 60 days.
  • There is no cancellation once course is purchased. Please email us if you have any questions.
  • Apply EBP, LLC abide by all provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Apply EBP, LLC is committed to equal educational access for individuals with disabilities. Apply EBP, LLC does not discriminate against any individuals with disabilities from registering or attending any of our courses. We work closely with venues to ensure that facilities utilized are accessible. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact us via email or phone (646-269-9039) with requests for accommodations. Apply EBP, LLC will make every effort to provide reasonable accommodations.