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I started training with Coach Berry when I was 61 years old.  For four months, I had suffered a great deal of back pain and knew I need to do something different. When I began with Coach, he asked me how I was feeling.  After a lifetime of training with a number of different trainers I could only say I didn't feel great.  My back pain caused me to see chiropractors and accupuncturists, but I found no relief.  After one deep tissue massage, Coach immediately had me feeling better.  After two months of training Coach had me back to 100%.  He knows what he is doing when it comes to training and injuries.  He trains people to perform exercises correctly to avoid injuries.  I have worked with many different trainers all over the San Diego County and Coach Berry is the best, most effective trainer I have meet.  I would highly recommend him to anyone who wants to improve their health and fitness levels.

Ron, age 62

A Better Understanding of Down

The facts about Down syndrome.

No one knows what causes the genetic condition known as Down syndrome. For some reason, babies born with this disorder cultivate 47 chromosomes rather than 46. Occurring in one out of approximately 700 births, Down syndrome is the most common chromosomal disorder. This extra chromosome leads to developmental delays, medical problems, and mental retardation. Symptoms range in severity and no two individuals have the same experience.

A person with Down syndrome may look a little different, learn a little different, and deal with more health problems. But it is important to realize that those living with Down syndrome are more like you than they are different. With early interventions and a supportive environment, they can live happy and meaningful lives.

It - s not our disabilities, it - s our abilities that count. - Chris Burke, actor who played Corky on Life Goes On

Diagnosis

There are various diagnostic screenings and tests offered during pregnancy to determine the risk and test for Down syndrome. Unfortunately, the tests come with risk and don’t provide a definitive answer of whether the baby has Down. Because of the less-than-perfect track record of the test, women can choose to have or not have these tests performed.

When a child is born with Down syndrome, the first clue is the baby’s appearance, but a chromosome study test called a karyotype is required to confirm diagnosis. A baby with Down syndrome often has low muscle tone, a flattened face, upward slanted eyes, one crease on the palm, a small head, a short neck, and short fingers.

Babies with Down syndrome are at an increased risk for heart abnormalities and infections, as well as intestinal, hearing, vision, bone, and thyroid problems. Often, medical conditions develop or progress as the child gets older. Early and on-going medical treatment and care is essential.

Development

Babies with Down are born average size, but they grow slower and are usually shorter than other kids their age. Kids with Down also hit important milestones later in life. Sitting up, crawling, walking, and talking are all delayed. For optimal development, those with Down syndrome benefit from physical, educational, and speech therapies. Many kids with Down can attend regular school classes, while others may need a special education program. Some with Down achieve a college degree, and many adults are able to have productive jobs.

While those with Down syndrome may have developmental and mental delays, they have incredible talents and much to offer their communities and families. A hundred years ago, a child with Down syndrome had a very short life expectancy. But today, with proper care and support, those with Down syndrome can live to be 50 years or older.

Risk Factors

There’s no known cause and no way to prevent Down syndrome. Environment, prenatal care, and the mother’s background don’t seem to have an impact on the risk of Down syndrome. It’s just that for some reason, during conception, the cells don’t divide normally.

While more babies are born with Down syndrome to young mothers (likely because more young women have babies), the risk of having a child with this condition increases with the age of the mother. Already having one child with Down syndrome increases the likelihood that subsequent children will also have the condition. In addition, those with Down syndrome can pass the condition down to their children.

Support

It is difficult to hear that your child has Down syndrome. You may fear what the future may hold for you and your child. Thankfully, you can lessen your anxiety through knowledge and finding a supportive community. Find knowledgeable doctors and therapists you can trust. Become part of a support group of other families with children with Down syndrome.

While your child may need special care, he or she doesn’t need to be segregated and should never be treated as an outcast. That child is special - just like all others, and his or her life can be just as meaningful as everyone else’s.