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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 &

Modeling, Imitation, and Mutual Participation

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

Observing someone demonstrate appropriate behavior, watching a parent or friend model healthy activity, or having a mentor to observe and imitate are all ways we learn a variety of healthy behaviors i

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

Promoting and Assessing Health

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

7 Keys to Promoting Health and Assessing Change in Health Assess contributing medical conditions Assess contributing psychological conditions Optimize communication Assess and optimize sensory issues

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

Food Choices in Group Settings, Workshops, and at Community Events

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

One of the areas our patients find challenging to making healthy choices is in the availability of food options in group settings, workshops, and community events. The limited choices in vending machi

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

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

Obsessional Slowness

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

I reviewed a question on the Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group Listserv about a 31-year-old person with Down syndrome who was slowing down. It was reported that it could take him 45 minutes to eat

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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