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The Role of Polypharmacy - General Aging in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Author: Julie A. Moran, DO - Geriatrician, Aging and Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Specialist

The webinar recording below was shared by the Center for Developmental Disabilities Evaluation and Research (CDDER) and the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS). The presentation s

Promoting Mental Health Presentation (9/6/2017)

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center Staff - Adult Down Syndrome Center

Below is a recording of a presentation given by providers at the Adult Down Syndrome Center on the topic of promoting mental health. Two videos are included below - one contains the presentations and

Grief - Ways to Help Support Someone with Down Syndrome Who is Grieving

Author: Shana Sexton, LCSW - Social Worker, Adult Down Syndrome Center

Ways to Help Support Someone with Down Syndrome Who is Grieving Acknowledge and normalize the person’s feelings. It’s important for someone to know that their feelings, whatever th

Grief - 10 Things I Know

Author: Shana Sexton, LCSW - Social Worker, Adult Down Syndrome Center

I’ve heard it said that everyone experiences loss in their lives, although some people have more than others. People with Down syndrome encounter situations involving grief and loss just lik

I have Down Syndrome. What is it?

Author: Shana Sexton, LCSW - Social Worker, Adult Down Syndrome Center

An interesting topic came up in our social skills group recently. The participants were teenagers and were all at an age when they were considering identity issues and thinking about the future. Some

Self-Talk in Adults with Down Syndrome

Author: Jacqueline Brom, MD - Family Medicine Resident, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

I remember my first day working with Dr. Chicoine at the Adult Down Syndrome Center. I could sense the discomfort in “Aaron” as he moved his stool away from the new face and strang

Helping a Person with Down Syndrome Make Goals

Author: Shana Sexton, LCSW - Social Worker, Adult Down Syndrome Center

It’s a time of year when many people are thinking about the New Year and making New Year’s Resolutions. Many of us have goals for the year to come. How can you help someone with Do

Ten Tips for Surviving the Holidays

Author: Shana Sexton, LCSW - Social Worker, Adult Down Syndrome Center

It’s holiday time and many people are busy decorating, baking cookies, shopping, and planning family celebrations. There are often significant changes in routine and breaks from school or da

Reduced Pain Responses in Individuals with Down Syndrome

Author: Lisa Dahl, DO - Family Medicine Resident, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Individuals with Down syndrome have reduced and delayed pain responses. They are not insensitive to pain, but their expression is delayed and less precise. It is hard to tell if there is a decreased a

Pica - The Basics for Caregivers

Author: Natalie Pagoria, MD - Family Medicine Resident, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Introduction Pica is one of the most common eating disorders among individuals with autistic spectrum disorder and intellectual disabilities. Practically the illness is characterized by a pattern (mor

Managing Anger or Anxiety

Author: Shana Sexton, LCSW - Social Worker, Adult Down Syndrome Center

Have you ever wondered how to help someone with Down syndrome manage their anger or anxiety? There are a few techniques that I teach people that may help.  The first technique is called &

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

Behavior Change

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

Any and all behavior change should be viewed as a possible communication tool. In the office, via email, at conferences, and most anywhere we talk about Down syndrome, someone will ask about a change

Trichotillomania

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

Trichotillomania is “hair loss from repeated urges to pull or twist the hair until it breaks off. Patients are unable to stop this behavior, even as their hair becomes thinner” ( s

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

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

Celiac Disease and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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

Can celiac disease cause obsessive compulsive disorder? This question was recently asked by a family member of a person with Down syndrome.  I have reviewed several articles and other informa

Fatigue

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

I recently had a couple inquiries about people with Down syndrome in their 50s or 60s who developed increased fatigue and falling asleep easily (these were new symptoms). Questions asked included: Is

The Groove

Author: Dennis McGuire, PhD, LCSW - Director of Psychosocial Services, Adult Down Syndrome Center

One of the most interesting and consistent findings from the Adult Down Syndrome Center is the discovery that people with DS need sameness, repetition, and order in their lives. We call this tendency

Self-Talk in Adults with Down Syndrome

Author: Dennis McGuire, PhD; Brian Chicoine, MD; & Elaine Greenbaum, PhD - Disability Solutions (July/August 1997)

The article below was published in the July/August 1997 edition of  Disability Solutions.  It is republished with permission. A PDF copy of the article can be downloaded at this link

Hypothyroidism Presenting as Severe Psychological and Mental Dysfunction

Author: Chicoine

This is an article written by Brian Chicoine in Success Stories in Developmental Disabilities. Vol II. edited by Dale Antanitus and published in 1993.

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