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For people with Down syndrome, family members, caregivers and professionals.
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The information below was shared on July 23, 2020. For the most up-to-date information, please see the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at this link . Many ind
This visual handout corresponds to our video on how to wash your hands. It shows the steps for handwashing.
In this video below, Jeff demonstrates how we should wash our hands. As Jeff explains, handwashing is an important thing we can do to keep ourselves healthy! A corresponding visual handout can be foun
Many states and communities have lifted stay-at-home restrictions. We have received questions about whether it is safe to resume certain activities such as going to restaurants, getting haircuts, trav
UPDATED JUNE 2020 : On June 9, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it had reached a resolution on the first federal complaints re
Visiting a hospital or clinic can be a stressful or frightening experience for some individuals with Down syndrome. The stress and fear can be increased if the healthcare providers are unfami
*Please note: this article discusses viral testing used to diagnose if an individual currently has COVID-19. This article does not discuss antibody testing used to determine if an individual was expos
The video below is a recording of a webinar presented by Brian Chicoine, MD and Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L on April 28, 2020. Dr. Chicoine is the co-founder and medical director of the Adult Down Syndrom
Reports of potential discrimination in medical treatment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have caused fear, anxiety, and anger within the Down syndrome community. Depar
This document describes coronavirus (COVID-19) and steps we can take to keep ourselves and others safe.
The video below uses a drawn whiteboard technique to tell a social narrative about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). It was developed by the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many healthcare organizations - including ours - are encouraging patients to avoid coming to clinics and hospitals (when possible and if appropriate). Video appointm
Many organizations are compiling COVID-19 resource lists. We have included links to some of them below. The amount of information about COVID-19 can be overwhelming and can cause anxiety and
UPDATED JULY 2020: Additional information related to this topic can be found in our resource " Returning to School or Work in Fall 2020 ." UPDATED JUNE 2020: Additional information r
We were sent a question about the typical body temperature of people with Down syndrome and how they regulate their body temperature. Our review of the medical literature found little inform
UPDATED APRIL 2021: Additional information related to this topic can be found in our resource " Travel after COVID-19 Vaccination ." UPDATED JUNE 2020: Additional information related
We received a question about a person with Down syndrome who was refusing to eat solids. He was found to have dental disease. He needed several fillings and had a couple baby teeth removed. The dentis
Abstract Background : The specific distribution of cancers in Down syndrome (DS) calls into question the validity of screening policies for cancer surveillance as implemented for the general populatio
Abstract: Background: Women with Down syndrome have a lower breast cancer risk and significantly lower life expectancies than women without Down syndrome. Therefore, it is not clear whether
This article describes a form of proprioceptive input called lower body joint compression which may be helpful for individuals with sensory challenges.
In this handout, our occupational therapist provides recommendations for affordable sensory equipment .
This article describes a form of proprioceptive input called upper body joint compression which may be helpful for individuals with sensory challenges.
Abstract The immune surveillance theory of cancer posits that the body's immune system detects and destroys randomly occurring malignant cells. This theory is based on the observation of the i
Please note: The information on this site is for educational purposes only and is not intended to serve as a substitute for a medical, psychiatric, mental health, or behavioral evaluation, diagnosis, or treatment plan by a qualified professional. We recommend you review the educational material with your health providers regarding the specifics of your health care needs.