Although children with Down Syndrome (DS) will acquire motor skills more slowly than a child without DS they will still master the basic gross motor skills of rolling, sitting, walking, running and riding a tricycle. Many will also learn more complex skills such as swimming, dancing, riding and martial arts. Children with DS, like other children, develop their skills according to their own timetable, some will be slower than others and some will be faster. In general though, specific physical and medical problems can delay the development of gross motor skills in a child with DS.
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