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Vision in Adults with Down Syndrome

Author: Lalithasree Chintam, MD - Family Medicine Resident, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

People with Down syndrome (DS) experience many of the common eye problems that people without DS experience. Some people with DS experience these common eye problems more frequently and/or at an earli

Colon Cancer Screening for People with Down Syndrome

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

Is colon cancer screening recommended for people with Down syndrome? Please note that this handout discusses screening colonoscopies (i.e. colonoscopies performed to identify pre-symptomatic or unreco

Mammograms

Author: Sravanthi Paritala, MD - Family Medicine Resident, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

What is a mammogram? A mammogram is a special type of x-ray that looks for breast cancer, which is the most common cancer among women. The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recomme

Alzheimer's Disease & Down Syndrome: A Practical Guidebook for Caregivers

Author: National Down Syndrome Society - Resource

The guidebook linked below was published by the National Down Syndrome Society "to help empower families and caregivers with knowledge about the connection between Down syndrome and Alzheimer

Tips for Dealing with Stress Video

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Video

We  all  experience stress in our lives. What causes stress and how stress is managed varies from person-to-person. In the video below, Cindy and Nora describe stress and share tips

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 &

Jenny's Diary: A Resource to Support Conversations about Dementia with People who have an Intellectual Disability

Author: Karen Watchman, Irene Tuffrey-Wijne, & Sam Quinn - University of Stirling

The resource linked below is a free to download booklet and set of postcards aimed at supporting conversations about dementia with people who have an intellectual disability. Access the Booklet &n

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

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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