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At-Home Treatments for Common Health Conditions of People with Down Syndrome Webinar Recording (9/13/2023)

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 September 13, 2023. In this webinar, Dr. Chicoine describes common health conditions experienced by people with Down syn

Down Syndrome Podcast Series for Parents, Educators, and Medical Professionals

Author: Down Syndrome Center of Western Pennsylvania - UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

The link below goes to a list of podcasts hosted by Kishore Vellody, MD, medical director of the Children's Down Syndrome Center in Pittsburgh. Medical issues of children, teens, and adults wi

Misunderstandings Caused by Different Perceptions

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

Sometimes, we are asked questions about individuals with Down syndrome who are said to be “lying” or “telling lies.” People with Down syndrome (just like people

Staff Turnover

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

For people living in a group home or participating in day programs, the staff members often become like family. This is especially true if the person does not have other family involved in his life bu

Emergency Preparedness Resources

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

Recently, we were asked about emergency preparedness and safety resources for people with Down syndrome. We started to research the topic and found numerous resources that may be helpful to people wit

Resources for Siblings

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

The resources in the Families and Caregivers  section of our Resource Library are intended for a broad audience of parents, siblings, friends, and caregivers of individuals with Down

Information on COVID-19 Booster Shots from the Adult Down Syndrome Center

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD, Erin Dominiak, MD, and Hannah Graham, MD - Adult Down Syndrome Center

We are in the process of updating this resource. Please see the CDC website for the current recommendations. UPDATED May 10, 2023 The physicians of the Adult Down Syndrome Center recommend that indivi

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

Information Forms to Share with Hospitals and Clinics

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resources

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

Tips for Going Up and Down Stairs Safely

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

Going up and down stairs can be challenging for some people with Down syndrome. Aging, differences in depth perception, unsteady gait, and other issues may contribute to difficulty with navigating sta

Resources on Developing Greater Independence

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

Becoming more independent is a goal for many adolescents and adults with Down syndrome. This goal may vary significantly from person to person. It can range from wanting to become more independent wit

Activities You Can Do at Home

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

Are you looking for suggestions of activities you can do at home? We have compiled a list of some ideas below! There are ideas for arts and crafts , cooking , education/learning , fitness and physical

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

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

Bias in the Health Care System: Advocating for People with Down Syndrome Webinar (10/19/2022)

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

Brian Chicoine, MD, presented a webinar called "Bias in the Health Care System: Advocating for People with Down Syndrome" on October 19, 2022. The webinar was hosted by LuMi

Common Characteristics of Adolescents and Adults with Down Syndrome

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

"If you have met one person with Down syndrome, you have met one person with Down syndrome" is a sentiment often shared in the Down syndrome community. We certainly know this idea ap

Anesthesia

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

There are two main factors to consider in a discussion of anesthesia in people with Down syndrome (DS): Many people with DS will undergo anesthesia more frequently than people without DS. People with

People Living with Down Syndrome in the USA, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand: Births and Population

Author: deGraff, Buckley, and Skotko - Fact Sheets

The fact sheets linked below share estimates of the numbers of babies born and people living with Down syndrome in the United States and Europe.  USA Fact Sheet   Last updated Novemb

Overview and Types of Respite

Author: Ann Garcia - Patient Advocate, Adult Down Syndrome Center

Respite care is short-term relief for primary caregivers. It can be used for as short as a few hours to as long as several weeks. Respite care can be provided in a variety of settings including the in

Respite Organizations and Providers

Author: Ann Garcia - Patient Advocate, Adult Down Syndrome Center

The list below includes information about respite organizations and providers in the greater Chicagoland area and/or Illinois. The types of respite provided are also included: In-Hom

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