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Antibodies Against Measles

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

What is measles? Measles is a highly contagious viral infection. Due to the availability and effectiveness of vaccines, many individuals have never experienced or even seen measles in the United State

Dry Skin in People with Down Syndrome

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

Key Points Dry skin is more common in people with Down syndrome. Some individuals with Down syndrome find treatment challenging because of negative sensory response to creams and ointments on the skin

How to Put Your Hair into a Ponytail Video

Author: Kayla Millan, OTS and Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L - Adult Down Syndrome Center

The video below demonstrates one way of putting your hair into a ponytail.  See the  Self-Care and Hygiene  section of our library for additional resources.   Royal

Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism

Author: Ima V. Jonkheer, DO and Brian Chicoine, MD - Family Medicine, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Key Points  The thyroid gland is part of the endocrine system. It is a gland that is in the neck. Thyroid function affects or has an impact on many body functions and, therefore, abnormal thy

Urinary Retention

Author: Agni Vlahos, MD and Brian Chicoine, MD - Family Medicine

Key Points Urinary retention is the build-up of excessive urine in the bladder. It appears to be more common in people with Down syndrome. A common reason for urinary retention in people with Down syn

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

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

Key Points Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are infections of the urethra, bladder, ureters, and/or kidneys. People with Down syndrome have risk factors for getting a UTI due to issues related to not e

Tips for Living with Housemates

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

Tips for Living with Housemates     This handout describes what we can do to be good housemates. The first page is a summary. The subsequent pages share more information for each tip

Measles and Down Syndrome

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

Key Points Measles is a highly contagious infection. It can have very serious complications. There has been a recent increase in measles infections.  Little is known about measles infection s

Common and Uncommon Health Conditions in Adolescents and Adults with Down Syndrome Webinar Recording (3/28/2024)

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

The video below is a recording of a webinar presented by Brian Chicoine, MD, on March 28, 2024. Description:  Some health conditions such as thyroid disorders and sleep apnea are mor

The LowDown: A Down Syndrome Podcast

Author: Marla Folden and Hina Mahmood - Down Syndrome Resource Foundation

The LowDown: A Down Syndrome Podcast   The LowDown is a podcast hosted by Marla Folden and Hina Mahmood of the Down Syndrome Resource Foundation in Canada. They "welcome Nor

When Things in My Life Change Story

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

When Things in My Life Change   This visual story discusses how to manage changes that may occur throughout our lives. Additional visuals are available in the  Transitions  

When Staff Members Leave Story

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

When Staff Members Leave   This visual story explains why staff members may leave their job, how we might feel, and how to cope with the change. Additional visuals are available in the&nb

Adding Yogurt to Your Diet

Author: Mandy Fila, MS, RD, CDCES, LDN - Registered Dietician, Advocate Medical Group

What to look for in yogurt Yogurt can be a healthy addition to a snack or meal. Some yogurts are healthier than others. What should you look for when buying yogurt? Protein content. Yogurt made with m

Hypertension and Hypotension

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

Key Points  The blood pressure of people with Down syndrome tends to be on the lower side. High blood pressure (hypertension) is much less common in people with Down syndrome. Blood pressures

Wearing My Hearing Aids Story

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

Wearing My Hearing Aids   This visual story explains why it is important to wear our hearing aids and describes when to wear our hearing aids and how to take care of them.  

Healthy Snacking

Author: Mandy Fila, MS, RD, CDCES, LDN - Registered Dietician, Advocate Medical Group

Healthy snacking tips Healthy snacks should fill us up and give us energy. We can use snacks to add more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, protein, and healthy fats to our diets. Prepare snacks using:

Healthy Snacks Visual

Author: Mandy Fila, MS, RD, CDCES, LDN - Registered Dietician, Advocate Medical Group

Healthy Snacks Visual     We can make healthy snacks with: Vegetables Fruit Whole grains Protein Healthy fats   We can measure our snacks to make sure we do not eat too much

Increased Need for Services and Support

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

Key Points For people with and without Down syndrome, our needs may change as we age and/or develop health issues. The change in the needs may be temporary or permanent. There are a variety of ways to

When Down Syndrome and Autism Intersect (2nd edition)

Author: Margaret Froehlke, RN, BSN, and Robin Sattel, MS - Book (2024)

When Down Syndrome and Autism Intersect: A Guide to DS-ASD for Parents and Professionals       Publisher description The first edition of When Down Syndrome and Aut

Chore Chart

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

This  Chore Chart    has images and templates that can be used to create a weekly chore schedule and/or keep track of when chores are completed.    &nb

Connective Tissue and Down Syndrome

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

Key Points Connective tissue is the tissue that helps hold our bodies together. Connective tissue is different in people with Down syndrome compared to others.  People with Down syndrome have

Promoting Mental Health Throughout the Lifespan Webinar Recording (2/21/2024)

Author: Abby Rowley, LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Adult Down Syndrome Center

Title:  Promoting Mental Health Throughout the Lifespan for Individuals with Down Syndrome Date:  February 21, 2024 Presenter:  Abby Rowley, LCSW Host Organization: &nbs

Pneumonia in People with Down Syndrome

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

Key Points Lungs are vital organs in the movement of oxygen into the body and the removal of carbon dioxide. Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs. Pneumonia is more common in people with Down syndro

Tremors in People with Down Syndrome

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

Key Points Tremors are repetitive involuntary movements. Tremors can be mild and cause limited disruption or more severe and restricting. There are many causes for tremors. An evaluation by a health p

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