Early Intervention Therapies

There is wide consensus that early intervention should begin as soon as a diagnosis of Prader-Willi Syndrome has been made as it can result in significant improvements in cognitive, academic and social outcomes. This is certainly true for children with Prader-Willi Syndrome and Research has shown that there are many benefits to beginning therapies early.

The Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (USA) publication, “Therapeutic Interventions for the Child with Prader-Willi Syndrome ,” states: The first years of life are a critical time in a child’s development. All young children go through the most rapid and developmentally significant changes during this time. During these early years, they achieve the basic physical, cognitive, language, social and self-help skills that lay the foundation for future progress. These abilities are usually attained according to predictable developmental patterns. Because children with Prader-Willi Syndrome face delays in all areas of motor development, Early Intervention is highly recommended (p.6).

Recommended therapies can be found here – link back to Treatment and intervention therapies

Infant Massage 

Infant Massage is beneficial in improving blood circulation, aiding digestion, enhancing the development of the nervous system, stimulating neurological development, increasing alertness and improving immune function. A video demonstration can be viewed on the babycentre website.