Layne's Story Layne's Story by his parents, Sophie and Joshua Layne was 8 months old when he attended his initial assessment in November 2016 After having Layne and not knowing that he had Down's syndrome prior to his birth, we soon found ourselves on a new journey. After many months of research and talking to people we found out about Brainwave. We really weren't sure if he was too young to start at the centre, but after speaking with the therapists we were certain that we wanted him to try it out. Our initial assessment was a huge boost for us all and we left the centre keen to practise everything we had been shown. We have just completed our first reassessment and once again we have learnt lots. We are really pleased that the team awarded him his certificate of achievements for moving to sitting independently and his commando crawling. I can honestly say that our Brainwave experience has been fantastic and I would highly recommend it to other families that feel they need some extra support and guidance to help their child succeed. Layne smiling for the camera in one of our therapy rooms. After leaving the South West Centre, following Layne's first reassessment, Brainwave received a photo and message from Joshua (Layne's Dad): After being shown how to stand from sitting he is unstoppable. Dawn Chance, Lead Physiotherapist at the South West Centre, is one of the two therapists working with Layne. She explains the steps Brainwave therapists take when working with children with Down's syndrome: The Brainwave Programme works very well for children with Down's syndrome and we see huge progress being made. We work with the children using fun activities, games and specific exercises to ensure the programme is motivating and achievable. It is extremely rewarding when children return to the centre after six months of following the programme at home and are sitting, standing and walking independently. Children come to us from birth and we work on improving their independent movement, starting with head control, rolling and propping. Then we move onto sitting, kneeling, crawling and standing. Once a child is walking we focus on jumping, hopping and ball skills. We can also include activities to develop their fine motor skills, pre-writing skills as well as communication and speech. When working with children with Down's syndrome our aim is to guide the family to enable their child to reach their full potential quicker than without intervention and prepare the child to thrive in their environment, whether that is in a mainstream or specialist school.