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"I" Statements

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

"I" statements are a way to share how we feel in a clear, calm, and respectful way. The handouts pictured below explain the components of "I" statements. There is a

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"

A Center for Adults and Adolescents with Down Syndrome

Author: Chicoine, McGuire, Dominiak, Bilodeau, & Chicoine

An article written to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Adult Down Syndrome Center of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Advocate Medical Group

A Comprehensive Review of the Relationship Between Oral Health and Down Syndrome

Author: Botero et al. - Current Oral Health Reports (2024)

Abstract Purpose of Review:  Individuals with Down syndrome (DS) may be more susceptible to oral disorders as a result of a combination of genetic factors, immunological disturbances, anatomi

A Murine Model for Down Syndrome Shows Reduced Responsiveness to Pain

Author: Martinez-Cue et al. - NeuroReport

Abstract TS65DN mice have an extra chromosome that contains a segment of chromosome 16 homologous to the Down syndrome ‘critical region’ of human chromosome 21. Since pain transmis

Ableism at the Bedside: People with Intellectual Disabilities and COVID-19

Author: Chicoine et al. - The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (2022)

Abstract People with intellectual and developmental disabilities have a higher risk of mortality from COVID-19 than the general population. Providers may assume that this is due to the burden of comor

Acrocyanosis

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

What is acrocyanosis? Acrocyanosis is the bluish discoloration of the extremities (usually the hands and/or feet) due to decreased oxygen being delivered to those areas. The small blood vessels in the

Activities of Daily Living (ADL) Videos

Author: Penquis Autism Community Services - Video Modeling

Penquis Autism Community Services developed a series of videos to help individuals learn how to perform activities of daily living (ADLs). The series can be accessed free-of-charge on YouTube &nbs

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 ac

Adaptive Clothing

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

Dressing can be difficult for some individuals with Down syndrome, in part because bilateral coordination and dexterity skills can be challenging for many individuals with Down syndrome. I ha

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

Addressing Challenges with Falling or Staying Asleep

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

We frequently receive questions about sleep. Individuals with Down syndrome and/or their families report that they have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. In this article, we will share stra

Addressing Common Health Conditions in Adults with Down Syndrome Webinar Recording (2/10/2021)

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 February 10, 2021. Dr. Chicoine is the co-founder and medical director of the Adult Down Syndrome Center. In this present

ADSC Patient Questionnaires

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Forms

New and returning patients to the Adult Down Syndrome Center are asked to fill out a health questionnaire to share important information with their health care provider and help guide their appointmen

Adult Sibling Toolkit

Author: National Down Syndrome Congress - Resource

The Adult Sibling Toolkit from the National Down Syndrome Congress is a tool for adult siblings who are preparing to become more involved in the support and care of their loved ones with Down syndrome

Advance Directives - Forms for Illinois Residents

Author: Illinois Department of Public Health - Website

An advance directive is a written statement you prepare that expresses how you want medical decisions made in the future should you not be able to make them yourself. Illinois law allows you

Advancements in the Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Webinar Recording (11/8/2021)

Author: Michael Layland, MD - Otolaryngologist

The video below is a recording of a webinar presented by Dr. Michael Layland on November 8, 2021. Dr. Layland is an otolaryngologist at the Ear Nose & Throat Center and Advocate Lutheran Gener

Affordable Sensory Equipment

Author: Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L

In this handout, our occupational therapist provides recommendations for affordable sensory equipment .

Aging and Alzheimer's Disease in Adults with Down Syndrome Webinar Recording (11/10/2020)

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 November 10, 2020. Dr. Chicoine is the co-founder and medical director of the Adult Down Synd

Aging and Down Syndrome: A Health & Well-Being Guidebook

Author: National Down Syndrome Society - Resource

The resource linked below is a guidebook from the National Down Syndrome Society. According to the Introduction, "Adults with Down syndrome, along with their families and caregivers, need acc

Aging and Life Expectancy

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

Today, people with Down syndrome (DS) are living longer and healthier than any other time in the past. In 1900, the life expectancy of people with DS was 9 years. By 1984, the life expectancy

Aging in Adults with Down Syndrome Webinar Recording (1/29/2024)

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD, and Hannah Graham, MD - Adult Down Syndrome Center

Title:  Aging in Adults with Down Syndrome Date:  January 29, 2024 Presenters:  Brian Chicoine, MD and Hannah Graham, MD Host Organization:  Down's Syndrome

Agitated or Challenging Behavior in People with Down Syndrome and Alzheimer's Disease

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

Agitated or challenging behavior can be a symptom that people with Down syndrome (DS) who have Alzheimer’s disease (AD) can have. When it occurs, careful assessment is important. An evaluati

Alopecia

Author: Naomi Roman, DO - Family Medicine Resident, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Several autoimmune diseases are more prevalent in people with Down syndrome (DS) including alopecia areata, a chronic immunological disorder that targets hair follicles and causes hair loss. When a pe

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