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Alternating stepping patterns: hidden abilities of 11-month-old infants with Down syndrome.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1532783     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Normally developing infants can produce organized alternating stepping patterns long before they stand alone or attempt to walk, if supported upright on a motorized treadmill. The purpose of this study was to examine whether infants with Down syndrome, who begin to walk at a much later age than non-disabled infants, could produced alternating steps in a similar way. Six of the seven 11-month-old infants studied responded to the treadmill stimulus by producing alternating steps. This suggests that the basic neural substrate necessary for upright locomotion is available long before walking occurs in infants with Down syndrome, as it is in normally developing infants. The infants in this study began to walk at an average of 13.3 months after demonstrating the ability to produce treadmill steps.
B D Ulrich; D A Ulrich; D H Collier
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Developmental medicine and child neurology     Volume:  34     ISSN:  0012-1622     ISO Abbreviation:  Dev Med Child Neurol     Publication Date:  1992 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-05-11     Completed Date:  1992-05-11     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0006761     Medline TA:  Dev Med Child Neurol     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  233-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Kinesiology Department, Indiana University, Bloomington 47405.
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MeSH Terms
Down Syndrome / diagnosis*,  rehabilitation
Functional Laterality
Motor Skills*
Neurologic Examination*
Physical Therapy Modalities
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