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Cardiovascular Complications of Down Syndrome: Scoping Review and Expert Consensus

Author: Dimopoulos et al. - Circulation (2023)

Abstract Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in individuals with Down syndrome. Congenital heart disease is the most common cardiovascular condition in this group, pre

Agitated or Challenging Behavior in People with Down Syndrome and Alzheimer's Disease

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

Agitated or challenging behavior can be a symptom that people with Down syndrome (DS) who have Alzheimer’s disease (AD) can have. When it occurs, careful assessment is important. An evaluati

Regression in Persons with Down Syndrome

Author: Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group - USA - Current Consensus Update for Families

Regression in Persons with Down Syndrome: Current Consensus Update for Families   In January 2023, the Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group - USA (DSMIG-USA) shared a consensus update for fam

Getting My Blood Drawn Visual

Author: Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist, Adult Down Syndrome Center

This Getting My Blood Drawn visual  explains what happens when we have a blood test done.    This visual can help individuals with Down syndrome know what to expect when goi

Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Sugar)

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

What is hypoglycemia? Hypoglycemia is the medical term for low blood sugar or low glucose. Blood sugar or glucose levels can be measured with a blood test. Healthcare providers make the diagnosis of h

Onychomycosis - Fungal Infection of the Nails

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of fingernails or toenails. This infection is more common in people with Down syndrome (DS). Toenails are more commonly infected than fingernails.  Why are

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD)

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD, and Dennis McGuire, PhD, LCSW - Adult Down Syndrome Center

*This article was adapted from  Mental Wellness in Adults with Down Syndrome: A Guide to Emotional and Behavioral Strengths and Challenges, 2nd Edition. What is attention-deficit/hyperactivit

Global Medical Care Guidelines for Adults with Down Syndrome

Author: Medical Care Guidelines for Adults with Down Syndrome Workgroup - Global Down Syndrome Foundation

On October 20, 2020, the Global Medical Care Guidelines for Adults with Down Syndrome were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)  in an article called "

Acrocyanosis

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

What is acrocyanosis? Acrocyanosis is the bluish discoloration of the extremities (usually the hands and/or feet) due to decreased oxygen being delivered to those areas. The small blood vessels in the

Obsessional Slowness

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

What is obsessional slowness? Obsessional slowness is an apparent form of obsessive-compulsive disorder that appears to be more common in people with Down syndrome. At this point, much more needs to b

Diagnostic Overshadowing: "All Is Not Down Syndrome"

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

Many families have reported that, when they have told a health care provider about a symptom their loved one with Down syndrome is experiencing, the provider has, in effect, said, “It is jus

Healthcare Experiences of Patients With Down Syndrome Who Are Black, African American, of African Descent, or of Mixed Race

Author: Krell et al. - American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A (2022)

Abstract Scant research has explored the healthcare experiences of people with Down syndrome (DS) in the United States who are Black, African American, of African descent, or of mixed race. The purpos

Financial Impact of a Specialized Down Syndrome Clinic: Implications and Support for Institutional Support of Specialty Care Clinics

Author: VanZant & Vellody - American Journal of Medical Genetics, Part A

Abstract Individuals with Down syndrome (DS) have specific health care needs and require additional screening and surveillance for commonly associated conditions. The American Academy of Pediatrics (A

Resources on Executive Functioning and Down Syndrome

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

Executive functioning (or executive function) describes skills and mental processes that enables us to set goals, make plans, and manage daily life. Working memory, flexible thinking, self-control, an

Benefits of Visual Supports Video

Author: Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist, Adult Down Syndrome Center

Visuals can assist people with and without Down syndrome in many ways. We do not think that they are something that we "outgrow." In fact, many of us use visual supports (such as app

Supporting Healthy Sexuality for Individuals with Down Syndrome Webinar Recording (11/16/2022)

Author: Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist, Adult Down Syndrome Center

This is a recording of a webinar presented by Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L of the Adult Down Syndrome Center in Park Ridge, IL. We know that having healthy relationships benefits the physical, mental, and

Planet Puberty

Author: Family Planning NSW - Digital Resource (Australia)

Planet Puberty is a resource designed to guide parents of individuals with intellectual disabilities through their child's puberty journey. Topics include the body, feeling good, relationships

Plan For Managing My Emotions

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Visual Handout

When we talk about emotions during our social skills groups for adolescents and adults with Down syndrome, we explain that it is ok to feel any emotion; however, it is not ok to have negative

DSMIG-USA Speaker Series for Health Care Professionals

Author: Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group - USA - Continuing Education for Professionals

  Click here to access the Speaker Series   Overview (from the DSMIG-USA website) The Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group-USA (DSMIG-USA) Speaker Series consists of webinars and end

Long COVID in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

A complication of having COVID-19 infection is a condition called long COVID (it has also been called long-haul COVID, chronic COVID, post-COVID conditions, and others). The National Task Group on Int

Stop, Think, Make a Good Choice - Conflict

Author: Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L and Abby Rowley, LCSW

This visual handout from our social skills group explains what to do when there is a conflict.

Boundaries

Author: Abby Rowley, LCSW and Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L

This visual handout explains what boundaries are and how to set them.

Things I Can Do to Help Me Calm Down

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This visual handout shares activities you can do to help yourself calm down.

Managing Conflict

Author: Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L and Abby Rowley, LCSW - Adult Down Syndrome Center

Being able to manage conflict effectively is an important skill for having healthy relationships. The handouts pictured and linked below are from our social skills groups for individuals with Down syn

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