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Evaluating Challenging Behaviors in Adults with Down Syndrome

July 2023 | Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group - USA - DS-ASD Workgroup

Evaluating Challenging Behaviors in Adults with Down Syndrome opens in new window is a resource for health care professionals developed by the Down Syndrome-Autism Spectrum Disorder Workgroup of the Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group-USA (DSMIG-USA). 

The resource shares 4 important parts of an evaluation: 

  1. Explore etiology of the behavior and any recent environmental changes or perceived stressors.

  2. Rule out a medical cause.

  3. Evaluate mental health.

  4. Consider an autism or regression assessment as indicated. 


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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.