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For people with Down syndrome, family members, caregivers and professionals.

Things I Can and Cannot Control Visual

June 2024 | Abby Rowley, LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Adult Down Syndrome Center

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Things I Cannot Control/Change

  • Other people's emotions

  • Other people's thoughts

  • Other people's actions

  • Some rules at work, school, or home

  • Things that happened in the past

  • Weather

  • Traffic


Things I Can Control/Change

  • My thoughts

  • My words

  • My choices

  • My actions

  • My effort


More visuals are available in the Mental Health section of our Resource Library.

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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.