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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

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Individuals with Down Syndrome Video

Author: Joseph Pereira - Harvard Medical School, MassGeneral Hospital for Children

The video below was narrated and presented by Joseph Pereira, a 4th year medical student at Harvard Medical School, as part of his work with the MGH Down Syndrome Program . He shares information about

Down Syndrome and Mental Health

Author: Down Syndrome Australia - Resource

The resource found at the link below is an 11-page summary for individuals with Down syndrome and their families on promoting and maintaining good mental health. Dr. Chicoine and Dr. McGuire's

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

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

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

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

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

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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