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Self-Talk in People with Down Syndrome Webinar Slides (11/10/2021)

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD

This document contains the slides from Dr. Brian Chicoine's presentation on self-talk in people with Down syndrome.

Self-Talk in People with Down Syndrome Webinar Recording (11/10/2021)

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

The video below is a recording of a webinar presented by Brian Chicoine, MD on November 10, 2021. Dr. Chicoine is the co-founder and medical director at the Adult Down Syndrome Center. The topic of the webinar was self-talk. Self-talk is a conversation with oneself or imaginary friends. It can be a

Selective Mutism and Other Causes of Loss of Speech in People with Down Syndrome

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

We were sent a question about selective mutism and loss of speech. Selective mutism is defined as an anxiety condition in which a person with normal verbal skills is unable to speak in particular settings. For those without an intellectual disability, this is typically described in children but can

Promoting Mental Health in Adolescents & Adults with Down Syndrome Webinar Slides (9/28/2021)

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD

This document contains slides from a webinar on promoting mental health and addressing mental health challenges in adolescents and adults with Down syndrome. It was presented by Dr. Brian Chicoine.

Promoting Mental Health in Adolescents & Adults with Down Syndrome Webinar Recording (9/28/2021)

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

The video below is a recording of a webinar called "Promoting Mental Health in Adolescents & Adults with Down Syndrome" presented by Brian Chicoine, MD on September 28, 2021. It was hosted by the Down Syndrome Association of Delaware. The presentation begins at 19 min. 28 s

Generalized Anxiety Disorder in People with Down Syndrome

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

Nearly all of us have experienced anxiety during our lives. We may feel anxious about a school exam, a new job, a dentist appointment, a disagreement with a friend, or other similar situations. This is typical. However, if anxiety interferes with our day-to-day lives on a long-term basis, an anxiety

The Groove in People with Down Syndrome Webinar Slides (8/25/2021)

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD and Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L

These are the slides from a webinar called "The Groove in People with Down Syndrome" presented by Brian Chicoine, MD and Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L.

The Groove in People with Down Syndrome Webinar Recording (8/25/2021)

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD and Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L - Adult Down Syndrome Center

The video below is a recording of a webinar presented by Brian Chicoine, MD and Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L on August 25, 2021. Dr. Chicoine is the medical director at the Adult Down Syndrome Center and Dr. Frank is the occupational therapist at the Center. In this presentation, they discuss the &qu

Depression in People with Down Syndrome

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

Depression is a mental health condition that is characterized by persistent feelings of sadness and/or a decreased interest in things that an individual previously enjoyed. Depression is more common in people with Down syndrome (DS) than in people without DS. In fact, depression is the mental health

Finding a Mental Health Provider

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource

How can I find a therapist, psychiatrist, or other mental health provider with experience working with individuals with Down syndrome? Here are a few suggestions.  Contact a Down syndrome clinic in your state . Several national organizations have lists of Down syndrome clinics on their webs

Mental Wellness in Adults with Down Syndrome (2nd Edition)

Author: Dennis McGuire, PhD and Brian Chicoine, MD - Book (2021)

Publisher's Book Description Awards for the First Edition:  2007 Independent Publisher Award: Bronze Medalist in Psychology/Mental Health Category 2006 Best Book Awards, Psychology/Mental Health Finalist 2006 ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award: Finalist in Psychology

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 is too heavy (which he is not). I am working with a psychologist and a nutritionist. Do you have any

Managing Anxiety During Storms

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource

We recently received a question from a family member of an individual with Down syndrome who is anxious and fearful of bad weather, particularly thunderstorms. Thunder, lightning, strong winds, heavy rain, hail, and other weather phenomena can be a source of anxiety and fear for some individuals wit

Mental Wellness and Aging in Adults with Down Syndrome Webinar Slides (10/27/2020)

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD

This document contains the slides from a webinar on mental wellness and aging in adults with Down syndrome presented by Brian Chicoine, MD for the Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota.

Mental Wellness and Aging in Adults with Down Syndrome Webinar Recording (10/27/2020)

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

The link below takes you to a recording of a webinar presented by Dr. Brian Chicoine called "Mental Wellness and Aging in Adults with Down Syndrome." The webinar was hosted by the Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota.  Link to webinar   Link to presentation slid

Down Syndrome Disintegrative Disorder: A Clinical Regression Syndrome of Increasing Importance

Author: Rosso et al. - Pediatrics (2020)

Abstract Down syndrome disintegrative disorder (DSDD), a developmental regression in children with Down syndrome (DS), is a clinical entity that is characterized by a loss of previously acquired adaptive, cognitive, and social functioning in persons with DS usually in adolescence to early adulthood.

Behavior Changes in Adolescents and Adults with Down Syndrome Webinar Recording (4/28/2020)

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD and Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L - Webinar

The video below is a recording of a webinar presented by Brian Chicoine, MD and Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L on April 28, 2020. Dr. Chicoine is the co-founder and medical director of the Adult Down Syndrome Center and Dr. Frank is the occupational therapist at the Center. In this presentation, they defin

Behavior Changes in Adolescents and Adults with Down Syndrome Webinar Slides (4/28/2020)

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD and Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L

This document contains the slides from the webinar on Behavior Changes in Adolescents and Adults with Down Syndrome presented by Brian Chicoine, MD and Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L on April 28, 2020.

Refusal to Eat Solid Foods

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

We received a question about a person with Down syndrome who was refusing to eat solids. He was found to have dental disease. He needed several fillings and had a couple baby teeth removed. The dentist stated the problems were "minor" and should not have caused the issue. 

Self-Injurious Behavior

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

Self-injurious behavior (SIB) is behavior that an individual does that results in harm to their own body. These behaviors may include hitting oneself, striking a body part against an object, throwing oneself on the floor, and/or head banging. Individuals with SIB are rarely trying to end their life

Strategies To Help Me Calm Down

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This handout describes strategies that can be used to calm our breathing, our thoughts, and our muscles.

Unexplained Regression in Down Syndrome: 35 Cases from an International Down Syndrome Database

Author: Santoro et al. - Genetics in Medicine (2019)

Abstract: Purpose:  An entity of regression in Down syndrome (DS) exists that affects adolescents and young adults and differs from autism spectrum disorder and Alzheimer disease.  Methods:  Since 2017, an international consortium of DS clinics assembled a database of pati

Strategies to Control My Anger

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This handout gives examples of things you can do when you get angry.

Plan for When I'm Angry

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This handout can be used to make a plan for what to do when you get angry.

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