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COVID-19 Resources

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

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

Work Recommendations for People with Down Syndrome [COVID-19]

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

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

Work and Activity Considerations for People with Down Syndrome [COVID-19]

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

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

Travel Considerations for People with Down Syndrome [COVID-19]

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

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

Refusal to Eat Solid Foods

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

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

Regression and Loss of Skills in Adolescents and Adults with Down Syndrome Presentation (2/17/2020)

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

The video below is a recording of Brian Chicoine, MD, medical director of the Adult Down Syndrome Center, presenting on "Regression and Loss of Skills in Adolescents and Adults with Down Synd

Down Syndrome

Author: Antonarakis et al. - Nature Reviews: Disease Primers (2020)

Abstract Trisomy 21, the presence of a supernumerary chromosome 21, results in a collection of clinical features commonly known as Down syndrome (DS). DS is among the most genetically complex of the c

Overview and Types of Respite

Author: Ann Garcia and Grace O'Connor - Patient Advocates, 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

Unexplained Regression in Down Syndrome: 35 Cases from an International Down Syndrome Database

Author: Santoro et al. - Genetics in Medicine (2019)

Abstract: Purpose:  An entity of regression in Down syndrome (DS) exists that affects adolescents and young adults and differs from autism spectrum disorder and Alzheimer disease.  M

Down Syndrome Medical Care Centers

Author: Global Down Syndrome Foundation - Resource

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation has compiled a list of medical care centers that specialize in treating patients with Down syndrome in the United States. It is organized by state. The list can be

Catatonia in Down Syndrome: Systematic Approach to Diagnosis, Treatment and Outcome Assessment Based on a Case Series of Seven Patients

Author: Miles, Takahashi, Muckerman, Nowell, Ithman - Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment - 2019

Abstract Objective:  The goal is to expand our knowledge of catatonia occurring in adolescents and young adults with Down syndrome (DS) by describing the first prospective, consecutive, well-

Health Care Resources for Adults with Down Syndrome

Author: Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group - DSMIG

The DSMIG Health Care Resources for Adults with Down Syndrome page linked below contains practice guidelines, reviews, and research articles on adult health, health utilization, morbidity, and mortali

Tips for Going Up and Down Stairs Safely

Author: Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist, 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

Tips for Communicating with a Patient with Intellectual Disabilities

Author: Center for Inclusive Health - Special Olympics

The resource linked below shares tips for communicating with patients with intellectual disabilities. As the tips indicate, the most important thing to remember is to communicate with the patient firs

Decline in Skills - Webinar (2019)

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

The link below takes you to a recording of a webinar presented by Dr. Brian Chicoine called "Decline in Skills." People with Down syndrome may have a decline in skills for a variety

A Center for Adults and Adolescents with Down Syndrome

Author: Chicoine, McGuire, Dominiak, Bilodeau, & Chicoine

An article written to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Adult Down Syndrome Center of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Advocate Medical Group

Development of a Clinic for Adults With Down Syndrome

Author: Chicoine, McGuire, Hebein, Gilly

This is an article published in the journal Mental Retardation in 1994.

First Then Visual

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This visual can be used to show what needs to be completed (first) before moving to the next activity (then).

Looking Ahead: Down Syndrome Research Now and in the Future

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

The video below is a recording of a presentation from the Adult Down Syndrome Center's Healthy Me, Healthy You, Healthy Us Conference held on April 6, 2019. The presenter is Brian Chicoine, MD

Regression in Adolescents and Adults with Down Syndrome

Author: Chicoine & Capone - Chapter in Physical Health of Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Abstract: There has been a growing number of clinical case reports of regression in adolescents and adults with Down syndrome who have shown unexpected and severe regression in cognitive and adaptive

Family Care Toolkit

Author: National Down Syndrome Congress - Resource

The Family Care Toolkit linked below is a resource created by the National Down Syndrome Congress with the support of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. It helps families and primary caregivers gath

How I Learn

Author: GiGi's Playhouse - Video and Handout

The link below goes to a resource from Gigi's Playhouse called "How I Learn." It includes a video and handout that share information about how individuals with Down syndrome

Attending a Summer Camp

Author: Shane Sexton, LCSW - Social Worker, Adult Down Syndrome Center

It may be hard to believe when many of us are still shivering in our winter coats, but summer is just around the corner! Summer is not only a time to soak up sunshine and enjoy family vacations but a

Estimation of the Number of People with Down Syndrome in the United States

Author: de Graaf, Buckley, & Skotko - Genetics in Medicine (2016)

Abstract: Purpose:  An accurate accounting of persons with Down syndrome (DS) has remained elusive because no population-based registries exist in the United States. The purpose of this study

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