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My Thoughts Story

Author: Abby Rowley, LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Adult Down Syndrome Center

My Thoughts Story   This visual story explains thoughts and how we can learn to manage our thoughts.  Additional resources are available in the  Mental Health  sect

Promoting Mental Health Across the Lifespan in Individuals with Down Syndrome Webinar Recording (5/8/2024)

Author: Abby Rowley, LCSW and Brian Chicoine, MD - Adult Down Syndrome Center

The video below is a recording of a webinar presented by Abby Rowley, LCSW, and Brian Chicoine, MD, on May 8, 2024.  Description:  Mental health is a critical component of overall we

Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism

Author: Ima V. Jonkheer, DO and Brian Chicoine, MD - Family Medicine, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Key Points  The thyroid gland is part of the endocrine system. It is a gland that is in the neck. Thyroid function affects or has an impact on many body functions and, therefore, abnormal thy

Measles and Down Syndrome

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

Key Points Measles is a highly contagious infection. It can have very serious complications. There has been a recent increase in measles infections.  Little is known about measles infection s

When Staff Members Leave Story

Author: Abby Rowley, LCSW, and Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L - Adult Down Syndrome Center

When Staff Members Leave   This visual story explains why staff members may leave their job, how we might feel, and how to cope with the change. Additional visuals are available in the&nb

Practicing Inclusive Mental Healthcare of Individuals with Down Syndrome

Author: National Down Syndrome Society - Guidebook

The resource linked below is a guidebook from the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS). According to the Executive Summary, "This resource is provided to equip mental health professionals wi

Promoting Mental Health Throughout the Lifespan Webinar Recording (2/21/2024)

Author: Abby Rowley, LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Adult Down Syndrome Center

Title:  Promoting Mental Health Throughout the Lifespan for Individuals with Down Syndrome Date:  February 21, 2024 Presenter:  Abby Rowley, LCSW Host Organization: &nbs

Coping with Grief Story

Author: Abby Rowley, LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Adult Down Syndrome Center

The visual below explains how we might feel when someone we care about dies and shares things we can do to help us cope.    Coping with Grief       &nb

When a Pet Dies Visual

Author: Abby Rowley, LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Adult Down Syndrome Center

This visual explains what happens when a pet dies and how it might make us feel. When a Pet Dies     Other visuals are available in the Grief and Loss section of our Resource Library

Common Mental Health Disorders and Cognitive Decline in a Longitudinal Down Syndrome Cohort

Author: Idris et al. - BJPsych Open (2023)

Abstract Background:  Down syndrome is the most common genetic cause of intellectual disability and Alzheimer's disease. In the general population, common mental disorders (CMDs), inc

Psychotherapy for Individuals with Down Syndrome

Author: Abby Rowley, LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Adult Down Syndrome Center

Key Points Some people with Down syndrome benefit from psychotherapy. Therapists work with individuals with a variety of skills, needs, and goals. Psychotherapy is often one part of a treatment plan t

Grief and Loss Podcast Episodes

Author: Rose Reif, LCMHC, CRC, BC-TMH - Multiple Organizations

Rose Reif, a licensed clinical mental health counselor, certified rehabilitation counselor, and qualified developmental disability and mental health professional, has been featured on two podcast epis

Behavior Change

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

Any and all behavior change should be viewed as a possible communication tool. For some people with Down syndrome (DS), like some without DS, a behavior change may be a form of communication. This is

Mental Health Therapy Toolkit and Guidelines

Author: Nisonger Center - The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University Nisonger Center    developed several resources for adults with intellectual disabilities (ID) and professionals who treat adults with ID and mental health c

Evaluating Challenging Behaviors in Adults with Down Syndrome

Author: Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group - USA - DS-ASD Workgroup

Evaluating Challenging Behaviors in Adults with Down Syndrome    is a resource for health care professionals developed by the Down Syndrome-Autism Spectrum Disorder Workgroup of the

Staff Turnover

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

For people living in a group home or participating in day programs, the staff members often become like family. This is especially true if the person does not have other family involved in his life bu

Opposite Actions

Author: Abby Rowley, LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Adult Down Syndrome Center

When we experience an emotion, there is often a behavioral urge that comes along with it. When we feel angry, we may have the urge to yell or break things or hurt someone. When we feel sad, we may hav

Calming vs. Coping Strategies

Author: Abby Rowley, LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Adult Down Syndrome Center

What is the difference between calming and coping strategies? Many times, we use the terms "calming" and "coping" interchangeably. There is often overlap in the str

Reframing our Thoughts

Author: Abby Rowley, LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Adult Down Syndrome Center

Reframing our thoughts is a strategy to change the way we think about a situation, person, or relationship. Sometimes, we can get stuck in thought patterns that negatively impact our mood and behavior

Resources on Healthy Ways to Manage Stress

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

Learning how to manage our stress in healthy ways is a lifelong process. We have compiled a list of resources below that may help people with and without Down syndrome who are workin

Eating Refusal

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

We received the following question:  I have a son with Down syndrome. He had testicular cancer in his late 20s. Since then, he seems to have developed an eating disorder. He always feels he i

Fear of Heights

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD and Abby Rowley, LCSW - Adult Down Syndrome Center

We have seen people with Down syndrome with a variety of phobias. Concern about heights is one we see more commonly. For this fear in particular, we often ask if it is indeed a phobia or if it is caus

Contingency Maps

Author: Abby Rowley, LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Adult Down Syndrome Center

Contingency maps can help an individual visualize their behavioral choices and the outcomes/consequences of their behaviors. They can help make the problem-solving process more concrete. The individua

Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTs)

Author: Abby Rowley, LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Adult Down Syndrome Center

The handouts linked below were developed to teach individuals with Down syndrome how to think more positively. If an individual has an automatic negative thought (or ANT), they can squish it or brush

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