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When Things in My Life Change Story

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

When Things in My Life Change   This visual story discusses how to manage changes that may occur throughout our lives. Additional visuals are available in the  Transitions  

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

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

Tremors in People with Down Syndrome

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

Key Points Tremors are repetitive involuntary movements. Tremors can be mild and cause limited disruption or more severe and restricting. There are many causes for tremors. An evaluation by a health p

Iron Deficiency and Down Syndrome

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

Key Points Iron deficiency occurs when a person does not have enough iron in their body. Iron deficiency anemia is the low red blood cell count that results from that deficiency. A complete blood coun

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

Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures or Fake Seizures

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

We periodically get asked questions about “fake seizures.” They have also been called “pseudo-seizures” but are now more accurately called non-epileptic seizure

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

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

Moving to a Group Home Story

Author: Michele Mattox, LCSW, LISW-CP - No Limits Counseling & Coaching

The story linked below talks about moving to a group home, including how to deal with new emotions and managing a schedule. Moving to a Group Home     The story was created

Getting an EEG Visual

Author: Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist, Adult Down Syndrome Center

This Getting an EEG visual  explains what happens when we have an electroencephalogram (EEG) done. It can help individuals with Down syndrome know what to expect when going for an EEG. Additi

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

Employment Resources

Author: Ann Garcia and Jennifer Smid - Patient Advocates, Adult Down Syndrome Center

This list of resources was compiled by the patient advocates at the Adult Down Syndrome Center. Some of these resources are specific to the greater Chicagoland area and/or Illinois. If you are looking

College and Vocational Training Resources

Author: Ann Garcia - Patient Advocate, Adult Down Syndrome Center

This list of resources was compiled by Ann Garcia, patient advocate at the Adult Down Syndrome Center. Most of these resources are specific to the greater Chicagoland area and/or Illinois. If

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD)

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD, and Dennis McGuire, PhD, LCSW - Adult Down Syndrome Center

*This article was adapted from  Mental Wellness in Adults with Down Syndrome: A Guide to Emotional and Behavioral Strengths and Challenges, 2nd Edition . What is attention-deficit/hyperactivi

Diabetes and Obesity in Down Syndrome Across the Lifespan: A Retrospective Cohort Study Using U.K. Electronic Health Records

Author: Aslam et al. - Diabetes Care (2022)

Abstract Objective:  Down syndrome (DS) is the most common form of chromosomal trisomy. Genetic factors in DS may increase the risk for diabetes. This study aimed to determine whether DS is a

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

Medications for Weight Loss

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - "Ask Dr. Chicoine" LuMind IDSC Foundation

The parent of an individual with Down syndrome asked a question about medications to treat obesity in a person who has not been significantly successful with diet and exercise despite many efforts. I

Vitamins and Supplements

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - "Ask Dr. Chicoine" LuMind IDSC Foundation

We received the following question:  What vitamins and supplements would you recommend for adults 18 with Down syndrome? I have read that 2x the recommended daily dose of fish oil has been li

Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Adult Down Syndrome Center

Vitamin B12 deficiency is an issue that we often check for in individuals who receive medical care at the Adult Down Syndrome Center. We usually get enough vitamin B12 from the foods we eat. Vitamin B

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

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