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Promoting Mental Wellness in Teens and Adults with Down Syndrome

Author: McGuire

This article was originally shared in the Down Syndrome Ireland Magazine in the summer of 2010.

Psychotherapy for Individuals with Down Syndrome

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

Key Points Some people with Down syndrome benefit from psychotherapy. Therapists work with individuals with a variety of skills, needs, and goals. Psychotherapy is often one part of a treatment plan t

Reframing our Thoughts

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

Reframing our thoughts is a strategy to change the way we think about a situation, person, or relationship. Sometimes, we can get stuck in thought patterns that negatively impact our mood and behavior

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 dentis

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

Selective Mutism

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

What is selective mutism? A condition in which a person with normal verbal skills does not speak in particular settings. Are there typical settings where a person won’t talk? Often

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 sett

Self-Esteem

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

Self-awareness. Self-appreciation. Self-esteem. These can be difficult pursuits for people without Down syndrome and sometimes for people with Down syndrome. Some of our most challenging patients have

Self-Injurious Behavior

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

What is self-injurious behavior? 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

Staff Turnover

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

For people living in a group home or participating in day programs, the staff members often become like family. This is especially true if the person does not have other family involved in his life bu

Stereotypies: Repetitive Movements or Sounds

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

A parent of an individual with Down syndrome asked a question about stereotypies and self-stimulatory behavior. The parent shared that the individual made noises while watching videos on their iPad an

Strategies to Control My Anger

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

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

Strategies To Help Me Calm Down

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This handout describes strategies that we can use to help us calm down when we are angry, anxious, or stressed.

The Feelings Volcano

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This visual uses a volcano to describe how our emotions can escalate.

Things I Can Do to Help Me Calm Down

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This visual handout shares activities you can do to help yourself calm down.

Tips for Dealing with Stress Handout

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This handout gives suggestions for ways to manage stress. It corresponds to the Tips for Dealing with Stress video.

Tips for Dealing with Stress Video

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Video

We  all  experience stress in our lives. What causes stress and how stress is managed varies from person-to-person. In the video below, Cindy and Nora describe stress and share tips

Transitions, Fear, and Anxiety

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

“ Life would be simpler if we could counter the fear of change just by telling people, ‘Change is inevitable, get used to it.’” ( Conquering Fear: Living Boldly

Trichotillomania

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

What is trichotillomania? MedlinePlus  describes trichotillomania as “hair loss from repeated urges to pull or twist the hair until it breaks off. People are unable to stop this beh

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.  Me

Using "I" Statements

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

We discuss "I" statements in our social skills groups for individuals with Down syndrome. "I" statements are a way to share how we feel in a clear, calm, and respec

Weaning Off Psychotropic Medications

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

A common and appropriate question is: Can a person be weaned off a psychotropic medication? A psychotropic medication is a medication prescribed to treat a psychological problem such as depression or

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