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Getting Ear Wax Removed

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

This Getting Ear Wax Removed Visual    explains what happens when we get our ears cleaned out. This visual can help individuals with Down syndrome know what to expect when g

Getting an Ultrasound Visual

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

This Getting an Ultrasound Visual    explains what happens when we get an ultrasound. This visual can help individuals with Down syndrome know what to expect when going for

Fun Activities for Promoting Health

Author: Abby Rowley, LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker

The list of activities below provides ideas of things to do to avoid boredom, have fun, and promote physical, mental, and social health. There is also a printable version.  List of Fun Activi

Visuals for Medical Appointments

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

Visuals can help individuals with Down syndrome prepare for and know what to expect at medical appointments. Our Resource Library has several examples.    Taking Charge of My Appoint

Water Trackers

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Visuals

The visuals below can be used to track how much water we drink each day. There are three versions: 8 oz. cups, 16 oz. water bottles, and 24 oz. water bottles. 8 oz. cups   16 oz. water bottle

Health Benefits of Music for Adults with Down Syndrome

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

We hear regularly about the importance of music in the lives of individuals with Down syndrome who come to our clinic. Elvis, Johnny Cash, Taylor Swift, Grease , High School Musical , and Mamma Mia! a

Tips for Building a New Habit or Routine

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

Many individuals with Down syndrome have “ the groove ” or a set pattern or routine in their actions or thoughts. This preference for sameness or repetition can be advantageous whe

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

Healthy Ways to Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This handout lists 21 activities you can do to promote your physical, mental, and social health on World Down Syndrome Day!

Regression & Down Syndrome

Author: National Down Syndrome Society - Website

The Regression & Down Syndrome page on the National Down Syndrome Society's website has information about Down syndrome regression disorder including symptoms, treatment, and resources

Getting an X-Ray Visual

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

This Getting an X-Ray visual  explains what happens when we get an x-ray. This visual can help individuals with Down syndrome know what to expect when going for an x-ray.  A

Getting an EEG Visual

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

This Getting an EEG visual  explains what happens when we have an electroencephalogram (EEG) done. It can help individuals with Down syndrome know what to expect when going for an EEG. Additi

Cardiovascular Complications of Down Syndrome: Scoping Review and Expert Consensus

Author: Dimopoulos et al. - Circulation (2023)

Abstract Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in individuals with Down syndrome. Congenital heart disease is the most common cardiovascular condition in this group, pre

Regression in Persons with Down Syndrome

Author: Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group - USA - Current Consensus Update for Families

Regression in Persons with Down Syndrome: Current Consensus Update for Families   In January 2023, the Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group - USA (DSMIG-USA) shared a consensus update for fam

Getting My Blood Drawn Visual

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

This Getting My Blood Drawn visual  explains what happens when we have a blood test done.    This visual can help individuals with Down syndrome know what to expect when goi

Acrocyanosis

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

What is acrocyanosis? Acrocyanosis is the bluish discoloration of the extremities (usually the hands and/or feet) due to decreased oxygen being delivered to those areas. The small blood vessels in the

321go! Guide

Author: National Down Syndrome Society - Healthy Living Resource

321go! is a resource provided by the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS). The guide is "a fun and easy set of 3 daily goals and 21 challenges that can help you make healthy choices"

Decline in Skills and Regression in Adolescents and Adults with Down Syndrome Webinar Recording (8/31/2022)

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

The video below is a recording of a webinar presented by Brian Chicoine, MD of the Adult Down Syndrome Center. Individuals with Down syndrome may experience decline in skills for many reasons

Using First/Then Boards

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

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

Assessment and Diagnosis of Down Syndrome Regression Disorder: International Expert Consensus

Author: Santoro et al. (2022) - Frontiers in Neurology

Abstract Objective:  To develop standardization for nomenclature, diagnostic work up and diagnostic criteria for cases of neurocognitive regression in Down syndrome. Background:  The

Electroconvulsive Therapy, Catatonia, and Regression in People with Down Syndrome

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

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a treatment that involves sedating an individual with anesthesia and then inducing a seizure with a short electrical stimulation of the brain (more information can b

Visits to a Doctor's Office

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This visual support explains what to expect when you go to a doctor's appointment.

Individualized Visual Schedules

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

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

Urinary Retention

Author: Agni Vlahos, MD and Brian Chicoine, MD - Family Medicine

The bladder is an organ composed of layers of smooth muscle that sits in the pelvis. The function of the bladder is to collect urine that is made in the kidneys. When the bladder reaches its 

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