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For people with Down syndrome, family members, caregivers and professionals.
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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.
EyeWiki is an Eye Encyclopedia developed by the American Academy of Ophthalmology with content contributed by ophthalmologists (eye physicians and surgeons). There is a Down syndrome page wit
This social story explains what public means using pictures.
We were asked about recurrence of strabismus that had been corrected by surgery in childhood. Strabismus is crossing of the eyes. The eyes of an individual with strabismus are not lined up properly an
We received a question about treatment of keratoconus in people with Down syndrome. What is keratoconus? Keratoconus is an eye condition in which the cornea (the clear part in the front of t
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.
Gout is more common in people with Down syndrome (DS) (as indicated by the studies at this link and this link ). Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis caused by
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
This visual talks about what rejection is, gives examples of rejection, and provides ways to handle rejection.
This handout discusses when and how to end romantic relationships.
This handout explains compromise and why it is important for healthy relationships.
In collaboration with Voya Cares, the National Down Syndrome Society published a guidebook on financial wellness. Topics include the basics of financial wellness, government benefits, workplace benefi
In this visual, Cristina and Jacob explain the steps of planning a date.
Learn about the "rules" for sharing touch and affection in romantic relationships in this visual handout.
This board can be used to communicate information such as needs, desires, and emotions.
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.