Research. As we learn more about the best ways of helping our students flourish, we want, in fact, to help the whole world learn from our experiences. With the consent of the participants and their guardians, we will encourage medical or educational researchers to propose projects that will answer important questions about helping individuals with Down syndrome.
- Which memory-building exercises consistently result in longer retention, and how can memory be enhanced by environment?
- What balance of exercise and dietary modification works best to improve metabolism and muscle tone for our students?
- Does varying the sensory environment such as using unique lighting improve vision perception in people with Down syndrome?
- Which techniques of speech therapy best help our students overcome difficulty articulating certain sounds?
- Can increases in exercise and mental challenge decrease incidence of depression in young people with Down syndrome?
- What can be concluded about the effectiveness of vaccines or the inhibition of viruses among people with Down syndrome?
- How can we best teach difficult concepts like recognizing people who mean to harm or molest?
The world has much to learn about Down syndrome, but we do know this: when the environment becomes optimal, students with Down syndrome will progress optimally. It is our aim to create such an environment, where each student will thrive.