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Resources on Executive Functioning and Down Syndrome

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

Executive functioning (or executive function) describes skills and mental processes that enables us to set goals, make plans, and manage daily life. Working memory, flexible thinking, self-control, an

Managing Conflict

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

Being able to manage conflict effectively is an important skill for having healthy relationships. The handouts pictured and linked below are from our social skills groups for individuals with Down syn

Bias in the Health Care System: Advocating for People with Down Syndrome Webinar (10/19/2022)

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

Brian Chicoine, MD, presented a webinar called "Bias in the Health Care System: Advocating for People with Down Syndrome" on October 19, 2022. The webinar was hosted by LuMi

Common Characteristics of Adolescents and Adults with Down Syndrome

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

"If you have met one person with Down syndrome, you have met one person with Down syndrome" is a sentiment often shared in the Down syndrome community. We certainly know this idea ap

People Living with Down Syndrome in the USA and Europe: Births and Population

Author: deGraff, Buckley, and Skotko - Fact Sheets

The fact sheets linked below share estimates of the numbers of babies born and people living with Down syndrome in the United States and Europe.  USA   Last updated May 7, 2022. &

Using First/Then Boards

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

We like to use visual supports to set or manage expectations. One type of visual support that can be helpful is a first/then board. When using a visual support, there can be words, pictures, or a comb

Individualized Visual Schedules

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

Visuals tend to be most effective when they are individualized. What works for one person may be different than what works for another person. Schedules are one example of a type of visual that may va

Using Games in Social Skills Groups

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

We have found that incorporating games into our social skills groups can help convey important messages as well as help participants practice appropriate social skills in a non-threa

DSMIG-USA Speaker Series for Health Care Professionals

Author: Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group - USA - Continuing Education for Professionals

Click here to access the Speaker Series   Overview (from the DSMIG-USA website) The Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group-USA (DSMIG-USA) Speaker Series consists of webinars and enduring mater

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

Managing Anxiety During Storms

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource

We 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, hai

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

Q&A with the ADSC Providers Webinar Recording (2/16/2022)

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Webinar

The video below is a recording of a webinar presented by Brian Chicoine, MD, Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L, and Hannah Graham, MD of the Adult Down Syndrome Center in Park Ridge, IL. The providers responded

Testicular Cancer

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

While many solid tumor cancers are  less  common in people with Down syndrome compared to people without Down syndrome, testicular cancer is one type of solid tumor cancer that is&am

Down Syndrome Podcast Series for Parents, Educators, and Medical Professionals

Author: Down Syndrome Center - UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

The link below goes to a list of podcasts hosted by Kishore Vellody, MD, medical director of the Children's Down Syndrome Center in Pittsburgh. Medical issues of children, teens, and adults wi

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

Traveling the Road Towards Independence Webinar Recording (12/14/2021)

Author: Lina Patel, PsyD - Down Syndrome Association of Delaware

On December 14, 2021, the Down Syndrome Association of Delaware hosted a webinar called, "Traveling the Road Towards Independence." The presenter was Lina Patel, PsyD. A recording of

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 th

Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer Screening for Women with Down Syndrome

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

Recommendations for breast cancer screening have varied over time and continue to vary   . Organizations have different recommendations for when women should start being screened for breast c

Tips for Successful Blood Draws

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

Do you or does a family member or friend with Down syndrome dread getting blood drawn? Here are some tips to help with blood draws:  Make sure to be hydrated ! This will help the phl

Questions to Ask When Prescribed a New Medication

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

Are you a person with Down syndrome and you are being prescribed a new medication? Are you assisting a person with Down syndrome with their health care and the individual is being prescribed a new med

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 D

Gout in People with Down Syndrome

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

Gout is more common in people with Down syndrome (DS) (as indicated by the studies at this link  and this link ). Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis caused by

Respite Organizations and Providers

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

The list below includes information about respite organizations and providers in the greater Chicagoland area and/or Illinois. The types of respite provided are also included and color-coded:

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