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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

Pneumococcal Vaccines

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD, Erin Dominiak, MD, and Hannah Graham, MD - Adult Down Syndrome Center

April 2022: We updated this resource to include information about Prevnar 20 (pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, PCV20). What is pneumococcal disease?  Pneumococcal disease is caused by

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 Body Changes for Boys

Author: Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L

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

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 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.

Immune Response to COVID-19 Vaccines

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

We have shared both our clinical experience and studies that demonstrate clinical effectiveness and safety of COVID-19 vaccines in people with Down syndrome. However, until recently, studies have not

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

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

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.

Compromise

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

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

Financial Wellness: A Guide for Individuals with Disabilities, their Families and Caregivers

Author: National Down Syndrome Society - In collaboration with Voya Cares

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

How to Plan a Date

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

In this visual, Cristina and Jacob explain the steps of planning a date.

Sharing Touch and Affection

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

Learn about the "rules" for sharing touch and affection in romantic relationships in this visual handout.

Ingredients for a Successful Relationship

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This handout describes the importance of good communication and positive interactions for having successful relationships.

Flu Vaccine Information for People with Down Syndrome

Author: Daniela Estrada Gomez, MD - Down Syndrome Program of Mass General Hospital for Children

Individuals with and without Down syndrome can experience harmful symptoms and complications from the flu. The best way to avoid catching the flu is to get the flu vaccine each year. To learn more abo

Post-Secondary Transition Resources

Author: Ann Garcia and Grace O'Connor - Patient Advocates, Adult Down Syndrome Center

This list of resources was compiled by Ann Garcia and Grace O'Connor, patient advocates at the Adult Down Syndrome Center. Some of these resources are specific to Illinois residents - they are

Health Care Transition Resources

Author: Ann Garcia and Grace O'Connor - Patient Advocates, Adult Down Syndrome Center

The resources below can be used by individuals with Down syndrome, their families and caregivers, and their health care providers during the transition from pediatric to adult health care.  G

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