I don't think this is necessarily worth a thread of it's own, but I can't see anywhere else to put it, so here goes! I was at dd's ballet show rehearsal yesterday, and there were two girls with DS appearing. One was a little girl doing very well in ballet, but the other was about 10 or 11, and she was just brilliant. Her class were doing several complicated routines, jazz and tap and ballet, and she was really the best on the class. Graceful, coordinated, and spot on with the timing of all these complex moves.
I hope this doesn't sound patronising, I'm just well aware of the sruggle a lot of DS children have with mobility, not to mention learning complex routines, so I just wanted to honour these girls a bit
No - not patronising at all! My dd is 3.5 and has DS. I have been thinking for a little while about trying to find a dance class for her at some stage. She is a born mimic, and has even started to copy ds when he practices his karate routine!
It is inspiring to think that one day dd will be up there doing something like this and I will look forward to a very proud mummy moment!
and not really the right the thread but you know my wee lassie is hypotonic (like alot of kids with DS) well today i have been told she doesnt need to wear piedros all the time, infact buy her trainers for leisure time and may be no need for an op, no need for splints and just carry on with her heel cups and what she is doing as th progress is wonderful
anyhow i think it was that black cat this morning, as thuis hasnt happened for ages
Great news Fio! No doubt she'll soon have a trainer wardrobe! I think the ballet sounds great too, esp the pink tutu!
My DS goes to Riding for the Disabled and we were on a waiting list for 2 years. A couple of other kids in our session have CP, one much more severe than the other, and their parents talk a lot about trunk strengthening and the like. I do know people who've just booked a 1:1 at local stable and found it really good, one even had a volunteer who had worked with children with ASD elsewhere by coincidence. My only problem is the people working at the place we go are not very good with bog standard autism and learning disability, they are much better with physical disabilities and "less" behaviour iyswim. Basically I think they are all there mostly because they like horses and do some good on the side, so you can hardly complain.
Ah! This is a great thread! I'm really jealous of my neighbour who has a DD a year older than my DD and takes her to ballet every Saturday morning . I'm not sure DD will ever do ballet (!) but she likes horseriding. We found a really great stables near us and they're brilliant with her.