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Products to Assist with Portion Control

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Advocate Health

Managing portion sizes of foods can be challenging for people with and without Down syndrome. Below are some products that may help with portion control. Products such as these are sold by Am

Adding Yogurt to Your Diet

Author: Mandy Fila, MS, RD, CDCES, LDN - Registered Dietician, Advocate Medical Group

What to look for in yogurt Yogurt can be a healthy addition to a snack or meal. Some yogurts are healthier than others. What should you look for when buying yogurt? Protein content. Yogurt made with m

Healthy Snacking

Author: Mandy Fila, MS, RD, CDCES, LDN - Registered Dietician, Advocate Medical Group

Healthy snacking tips Healthy snacks should fill us up and give us energy. We can use snacks to add more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, protein, and healthy fats to our diets. Prepare snacks using:

Healthy Snacks Visual

Author: Mandy Fila, MS, RD, CDCES, LDN - Registered Dietician, Advocate Medical Group

Healthy Snacks Visual     We can make healthy snacks with: Vegetables Fruit Whole grains Protein Healthy fats   We can measure our snacks to make sure we do not eat too much

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

Nutrition and Hydration Apps

Author: Monica Prindiville, OTS and Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L - Occupational Therapy Student and Occupational Therapist

There are numerous factors to consider when deciding what to eat and drink including nutritional content, dietary restrictions and allergies, convenience, cost, and taste preferences. The apps listed

Weight Management in Adults with Down Syndrome

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

Weight management can be challenging. It is likely that part of the reason is that there are factors for which our understanding is limited. While a great deal has been learned, more research is being

Fun Activities for Promoting Health

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

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

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

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

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!

How to Cope with Stress

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

Coping with stress is an important and necessary part of life. There are some strategies that can help us manage our reactions to different life stressors. The steps below are strategies that I use wi

Weight Management Recommendations for Youth with Down Syndrome: Expert Recommendations

Author: Ptomey et al. - Frontiers in Pediatrics (2023)

Abstract Youth with Down syndrome (DS) have a higher prevalence of overweight and obesity compared to the general youth population. Due to physiological and cognitive differences observed in youth wit

Special Olympics MyHealth

Author: Special Olympics - Health Education Resources

According to the Special Olympics website, "MyHealth is an online hub for health education resources geared towards Special Olympics athletes and other people with intellectual disabilities t

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"

Drinking a Glass of Water Visual

Author: Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist

We often encourage individuals with Down syndrome who come to our clinic to drink more water. This recommendation can be interpreted in different ways. One individual with Down syndrome who heard this

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

Create a Bedtime/Sleep Routine Visual

Author: Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L

This document includes a template and images that individuals with Down syndrome and their families can use to create a bedtime routine visual.

Tips for Staying Hydrated

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

A common recommendation we give to individuals with Down syndrome who come to our clinic is to drink more fluids. Many people with Down syndrome we see are at least mildly dehydrated

Water Tracker

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This handout can be used to mark off how much water you drink each day.

Be Active Throughout the Day

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

Moving our bodies throughout the day can help us be healthy.

Guide to Healthy Eating

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This handout uses a stoplight to help individuals with Down syndrome know what foods to eat everyday (green), sometimes (yellow), and on special occasions (red).

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