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For people with Down syndrome, family members, caregivers and professionals.
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UPDATED 1/14/2022 : The CDC has provided updated information on what types of masks to wear and how to improve how your mask fits . The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recom
UPDATED 1/7/2022 The providers at the Adult Down Syndrome Center encourage individuals with Down syndrome to continue to reduce their risk of severe COVID-19 infection by wearing masks, social distanc
*Please note: This article discusses viral testing used to diagnose if an individual currently has COVID-19. This article does not discuss antibody testing used to determine if an individual was expos
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 an
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trisomy 21 Research Society (T21RS) has conducted an international survey of COVID-19 in Down syndrome. Caregivers and clinicians of individuals with Down syndrom
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, a national consortium of organizations has shared a document with information on COVID-19 and Down syndrome. The organizations in the consortium are the Down
On December 16, 2020, the Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group - USA issued a position statement on the COVID-19 vaccine. The position statement has been updated several times, most recently on Novemb
This document contains the slides from Dr. Brian Chicoine's presentation on self-talk in people with Down syndrome.
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
General Vaccine Information Individuals who are 5 years of age and older are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. The website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has r
Updated November 2021 : We originally shared this resource in 2020 before COVID-19 vaccinations were available. The CDC has updated the page on celebrating holidays during the COVID-19 pandem
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
This document contains slides from a webinar on promoting mental health and addressing mental health challenges in adolescents and adults with Down syndrome. It was presented by Dr. Brian Chicoine.
The video below is a recording of a webinar called "Promoting Mental Health in Adolescents & Adults with Down Syndrome" presented by Brian Chicoine, MD on September 28, 2021.
Nearly all of us have experienced anxiety during our lives. We may feel anxious about a school exam, a new job, a dentist appointment, a disagreement with a friend, or other similar situations. This i
These are the slides from a webinar called "The Groove in People with Down Syndrome" presented by Brian Chicoine, MD and Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L.
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
We received a question about a man with Down syndrome in his late 30s. His family shared that he developed catatonia, was hearing people speaking in his head, and lost a significant amount of weight.
Depression is a mental health condition that is characterized by persistent feelings of sadness and/or a decreased interest in things that an individual previously enjoyed. Depression is more common i
In May 2021, the Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group shared a position statement titled "Response to Centers for Disease Control Mask Recommendations." This document shares
We received a question about whether the immune systems of people with Down syndrome produce antibodies in response to COVID-19 vaccines. I have shared the response I sent below. The immune
What does post COVID-19 life look like and how do we prepare? These questions were discussed in a presentation hosted by the National Down Syndrome Society during their virtual Adult Summit in April 2
The information below was shared on April 12, 2021. For the most up-to-date information, please see the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at this link . My fami
How can I find a therapist, psychiatrist, or other mental health provider with experience working with individuals with Down syndrome? Here are a few suggestions. Contact a Down syndrome cli
Please note: The information on this site is for educational purposes only and is not intended to serve as a substitute for a medical, psychiatric, mental health, or behavioral evaluation, diagnosis, or treatment plan by a qualified professional. We recommend you review the educational material with your health providers regarding the specifics of your health care needs.