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Urinary Incontinence

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

Key Points Urinary incontinence or urinary "accidents" are more common in people with Down syndrome. There are many potential causes.  The inability to empty the bladder com

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

Visual Schedule Apps

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

Visual schedules help an individual know what to expect. The schedule can be a list of activities for the entire day, only the morning or evening routine, or even the chores that need to be done. This

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

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

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

Social Media Checklists

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

Social Media Checklists   The document linked above contains 3 social media checklists:  Social Media Safety - A list of steps to take to increase your safety online. Exampl

Resources on Phone, Social Media, and Internet Safety and Etiquette

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

Making Good Choices on our Phones, Social Media, and the Internet     Rules for Phone Use   Rules for Social Media Use   What I Can Share on Social Media  

Making Good Choices on our Phones, Social Media, and the Internet

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

Making Good Choices on our Phones, Social Media, and the Internet     Should we share a post, comment, message, picture, or video? Before sharing something, we should:  1. S

Tips for Successful Video Calls

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

Tips for Successful Video Calls     Remember:  Video calls like Zoom are public spaces. This means that other people can see or hear what we do, say, and show.  Fin

Rules for Phone Use

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

Rules for Phone Use     Remember that phones are a public space. If you do not know the number, let the call go to voicemail. Make sure to call and text at a reasonable hour. Wait fo

Rules for Social Media Use

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

Rules for Social Media Use   I should have ONE account per social media platform. Account settings should be private. Location settings should be turned OFF on all apps. If I would not show i

What I Can Share on Social Media

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

What I Can Share on Social Media   Questions to ask myself before I share... Why do I want to share this? Have I already shared something today? Will people want to see my post?   Wh

Temperature Regulation in People with Down Syndrome

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

Key Points  How the body manages (regulates) body temperature is different in people with Down syndrome compared to people without Down syndrome. The difference in body temperature regulation

Pain in People with Down Syndrome

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

Key Points People with Down syndrome experience pain but some individuals report it less often than people without Down syndrome. There are a variety of reasons why people with Down syndrome may repor

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

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

UPDATED January 18, 2024 The physicians of the Adult Down Syndrome Center recommend that individuals with Down syndrome ages 12 years and older who do not have a contraindication follow the recommenda

Coping with Grief Story

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

The visual below explains how we might feel when someone we care about dies and shares things we can do to help us cope.    Coping with Grief       &nb

When a Pet Dies Visual

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

This visual explains what happens when a pet dies and how it might make us feel. When a Pet Dies     Other visuals are available in the Grief and Loss section of our Resource Library

Mastering Social Skills for Success in the Workplace Webinar (1/10/2024)

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

The video below is a recording of a webinar presented by Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L, and Abby Rowley, LCSW, on January 10, 2024. Description: Although people with Down syndrome can be excellent

Changes in Gait (Ambulation, Walking)

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

Key Points A change in gait (walking) is a change seen in many people with Down syndrome. There are many possible causes for those changes. Family or other observers can play a critical role in assess

Prostate Cancer Screening in Men with Down Syndrome

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

Key Points on Prostate Cancer Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in men. There is uncertainty about the potential benefits and risks of prostate cancer screening for men.&nb

Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer Screening for Women with Down Syndrome

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

Key Points Breast cancer is less common in women with Down syndrome compared to women without Down syndrome. Currently, the recommendations for breast cancer screening are the same for women with and

Dysgerminomas in Women with Down Syndrome

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

Key Points A dysgerminoma is a type of cancer that usually occurs in a woman's ovary. There is limited research on dysgerminomas in women with Down syndrome. It is not clear if dysgerminomas a

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 ac

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