Sunday, September 27, 2015

Preschoolers with Down Syndrome Do Not Yet Show The Learning and Memory Impairments Seen In Adults With Down Syndrome.

"Essentially when matched mental age, preschoolers with Down syndrome performed equivalently with controls."

Read that to yourself again.

"Essentially when matched mental age, preschoolers with Down syndrome performed equivalently with controls."

Those are some of the most beautiful words that I have heard since my daughter has been born.  Before I begin and before you get the wrong idea I need to make this statement.  Emmalin is amazing, I love her and everything about her.  If someone offered me a pill to take away her 3rd chromosome I would not accept it.  I would never gamble with changing the core of who Emma is.

There has been study after study supporting TNI (targeted nutritional therapy) and our kids.  I have seen the data with my own eyes on lab test after lab test with Emmalin.  There are many of our kids that are on thyroid support because their numbers reflect that their thyroid is not working properly.  Unfortunately, most of our physicians do not look past 2 or 3 thyroid numbers.  We look at as much of Emma's overall body as possible.

I was at first hesitant to share this but I really want people to get a clear picture of what we are truly dealing with.  Just by adding 2 new supplements and adjusting some others you can clearly see an impact in her neurotransmitters alone.

Emma's lab spreadsheet

Now we are still working on a lot of different areas with Emma and her bodies needs will continue to change as she grows.  With Emma we are dealing with more that T21.  We are also dealing with hypothyroid, homozygous MTHFR gene mutation and a heart defect that did not get repaired for 3.5 months.

Over the next year we are traveling down some new roads.  As long at the research continues to support the decisions that we make and it is of no harm, we will press forward.

 2015 May;18(3):404-19. doi: 10.1111/desc.12225. Epub 2014 Oct 5.

Preschoolers with Down syndrome do not yet show the learning and memory impairments seen in adults with Down syndrome.


Individuals with Down syndrome (DS) exhibit a behavioral phenotype of specific strengths and weaknesses, in addition to a generalized cognitive delay. In particular, adults with DS exhibit specific deficits in learning and memory processes that depend on the hippocampus, and there is some suggestion of impairments on executive function tasks that depend on the prefrontal cortex. While these functions have been investigated in adults with DS, it is largely unclear how these processes develop in young children with DS. Here we tested preschoolers with DS and typically developing children, age-matched on either receptive language or non-verbal scores as a proxy for mental age (MA), on a battery of eye-tracking and behavioral measures that have been shown to depend on the hippocampus or the prefrontal cortex. Preschoolers with DS performed equivalently to MA-matched controls, suggesting that the disability-specific memory deficits documented in adults with DS, in addition to a cognitive delay, are not yet evident in preschoolers with DS, and likely emerge progressively with age. Our results reinforce the idea that early childhood may be a critical time frame for targeted early intervention. A video abstract of this article can be viewed at
© 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

There are many children exceeding the expectations set upon them early in life....all of our children can.


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