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Supporting Healthy Sexuality for Your Loved One with Down Syndrome Webinar Recording (6/15/2022)

Author: Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L - North Carolina Down Syndrome Virtual Speaker Series

On June 15, 2022, the North Carolina Down Syndrome Alliance hosted a webinar called "Supporting Healthy Sexuality for Your Loved One with Down Syndrome" presented by Katie Frank, PhD

Sunscreen Use

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

When the summer months approach, many of us stock up on sunscreen and other products to protect our skin from the sun. While we tend to associate sun exposure with the warmer seasons, we need to prote

Story About Body Changes for Girls

Author: Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L

This visual handout explains how our bodies change as we get older.

Story About Grooming/Hygiene for Girls

Author: Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L

This visual handout explains what we need to do to take care of our bodies.

Story About Grooming/Hygiene for Boys

Author: Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L

This visual handout explains what we need to do to take care of our bodies.

Story About Body Changes for Boys

Author: Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L

This visual handout explains how our bodies change as we get older.

Story About Privacy - Female

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This social story talks about privacy using pictures appropriate for women.

Story About Privacy - Male

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This social story talks about privacy using pictures appropriate for men.

Story About Consent

Author: Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L

This visual handout explains what consent is and why it is important in relationships.

Birth Control in Women with Down Syndrome

Author: Hannah Graham, MD - Adult Down Syndrome Center

Birth control encompasses a wide range of strategies and medications used to prevent pregnancy. Besides preventing pregnancy, some of the medications may be used to treat other common symptoms of mens

Prevalence of Infectious Diseases Among 6078 Individuals with Down Syndrome in the United States

Author: Fitzpatrick et al. - Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews

Abstract A recent disease prevalence study of the largest documented Down syndrome (DS) cohort in the United States strongly suggested significant disparity in general infectious disease conditions am

Stories About Masturbation

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

The social stories below explain what masturbation is for males and females. Tap or click on the images to view the visuals. There are options for lighter and darker skin tones.  Story About

Down Syndrome and Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Author: The Society for Pediatric Dermatology - Patient education

Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic skin condition that causes painful bumps under the skin. The handout linked below was developed by the Society for Pediatric Dermatology . Information specif

Regression in Persons with Down Syndrome

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

In October 2021, the Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group - USA (DSMIG-USA) shared a consensus update for families called "Regression in Persons with Down Syndrome." The res

Possible Causes of Regression in People with Down Syndrome during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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

We received a question about a man with Down syndrome in his late 30s. His family shared that he developed catatonia, was hearing people speaking in his head, and lost a significant amount of weight.

Possible Causes of Hair Loss

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

Hair loss can occur for many reasons. Some of these may include:  Age is a common cause not only for men but for women, too. Alopecia is an autoimmune condition (condition in which the body&a

Conversation Skills in Romantic Relationships

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

Learn why conversation skills are important in romantic relationships.

Handling Rejection

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This visual talks about what rejection is, gives examples of rejection, and provides ways to handle rejection.

Parents as Primary Sexuality Educators for Adolescents and Adults With Down Syndrome

Author: Frank & Sandman - American Journal of Sexuality Education (2021)

Abstract Limited research exists on the effectiveness of in-person workshops to help parents talk about sexuality. This study utilizes a parallel mixed methods design to examine the impact of the&

Breaking Up

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This handout discusses when and how to end romantic relationships.

Regression in Down Syndrome Support Group

Author: Eileen Quinn, MD - Moderator

The link below takes you to a closed Facebook page for families, caregivers, and professionals who support individuals with Down syndrome who have experienced or are experiencing regression. If you cl

Compromise

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This handout explains compromise and why it is important for healthy relationships.

Bathing and Showering Tips

Author: Natalie Rivera, OTS and Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L - Occupational therapy student and occupational therapist

Bathing and showering may be difficult for some individuals with Down syndrome for many reasons. Below are a variety of adaptive strategies and equipment to promote safety and independence with this s

Skin Conditions in Down Syndrome

Author: Down Syndrome Center of Western Pennsylvania - Podcast

The medical director of the Down Syndrome Center of Western Pennsylvania, Kishore Vellody, MD, hosts a podcast that focuses on a wide range of issues related to Down syndrome. In the video episodes li

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