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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  Home Based Adolescent Sexuality Education (B.A.S.E) for Intellectual Disabilities  wo

Breaking Up

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This handout discusses when and how to end romantic relationships.


Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

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

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.

Supporting Parents as Sexuality Educators for Individuals with Intellectual Disability

Author: Frank & Sandman - Sexuality and Disability (2019)

Abstract: All individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) have the right to develop and express sexuality in an emotionally satisfying and socially appropriate manner. Questions have arisen as to whether sexuality education for this population should be the responsibility of

Resource List for Sexual Assault and/or Abuse

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This is a list of resources primarily for individuals in the Chicagoland area.

Dating FAQs

Author: Terri Couwenhoven, MS - Sexuality Educator and Clinic Coordinator

In the document linked below, Terri Couwenhoven shares answers to frequently asked questions about dating. Terri is the author of several books including  Teaching Children with Down Syndrome About Their Bodies, Boundaries, and Sexuality: A Guide for Parents and Professionals &

Use of Birth Control in Women with Down Syndrome

Author: Monica Jolanta Wojciechowski, DO - Family Medicine Resident, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Women with Down syndrome (DS) experience similar gynecological concerns as women without DS. However, women with DS may have trouble expressing these concerns to medical professionals. Menstruation, fertility, sexual activity, pregnancy, birth control, and menopause can all affect women with DS. Bir


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

We were sent a question about sterilization. The question came with a link to an article from Great Britain about a family who requested a sterilization procedure for their “21 year old daughter with Down’s syndrome.” (In the US we call the syndrome Do

Birth Control Pills and Blood Clots

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

Is it safe for women with Down syndrome to take the birth control pill (oral contraceptives)? We have a number of female patients who successfully take oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) for a variety of reasons including birth control, managing dysmenorrhea (discomfort during menses), reduction of moo


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

We received a question about the use of Depo-Provera. Depo-Provera is an injection of progesterone that is used to: Prevent pregnancy Reduce periods and/or symptoms from periods The injection is given every 3 months. Many women will stop having their menses (periods) when receiving the Depo-Provera

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