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For people with Down syndrome, family members, caregivers and professionals.
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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
This visual handout explains what boundaries are and how to set them.
This visual handout shares activities you can do to help yourself calm down.
This visual handout from our social skills group explains what to do when there is a conflict.
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
"I" statements are a way to share how we feel in a clear, calm, and respectful way. The handouts pictured below explain the components of "I" statements. There is a
Constipation is a common problem in people with Down syndrome as well as the general population. Studies show that chronic constipation affects between 2 and 27% of the general population. It is thoug
We like to use visual supports to set or manage expectations. One type of visual support that can be helpful is a first/then board. When using a visual support, there can be words, pictures, or a comb
Visuals tend to be most effective when they are individualized. What works for one person may be different than what works for another person. Schedules are one example of a type of visual that may va
We have found that incorporating games into our social skills groups can help convey important messages as well as help participants practice appropriate social skills in a non-threa
This social story talks about privacy using pictures appropriate for women.
This social story talks about privacy using pictures appropriate for men.
This visual handout explains what consent is and why it is important in relationships.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a health issue in the intestines (bowels). It is not clear how common it is in people with Down syndrome (DS). However, we suspect that IBS is more common i
While many solid tumor cancers are less common in people with Down syndrome compared to people without Down syndrome, testicular cancer is one type of solid tumor cancer that is&am
This social story explains what public means using pictures.
Recommendations for breast cancer screening have varied over time and continue to vary . Organizations have different recommendations for when women should start being screened for breast c
What do we like about our friends? As this handout shows, good friends usually use nice words, do kind things, listen, tell the truth, have boundaries, apologize, take turns, and say how they feel.
Swallowing problems (dysphagia) are common in people with Down syndrome (DS). In our large cohort study that reviewed health data from people cared for within Advocate Health, swallowing problems were
This handout explains how to and provides a template for writing a goal and making a plan to achieve the goal.
This handout shares information about how to write goals.
Learn why conversation skills are important in romantic relationships.
We discuss "I" statements in our social skills groups for individuals with Down syndrome. "I" statements are a way to share how we feel in a clear, calm, and respec
We go over "group rules" at the beginning of every in-person and virtual group for individuals with Down syndrome that we facilitate at the Adult Down Syndrome Center. We th
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.