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Self-Talk in People with Down Syndrome Webinar Recording (11/10/2021)

November 2021 | Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

The video below is a recording of a webinar presented by Brian Chicoine, MD on November 10, 2021. Dr. Chicoine is the co-founder and medical director at the Adult Down Syndrome Center. The topic of the webinar was self-talk. Self-talk is a conversation with oneself or imaginary friends. It can be a way for individuals with Down syndrome (and many without Down syndrome) to process information, cope with challenging situations, direct behavior, and counter boredom. Dr. Chicoine described the benefit and function of self-talk. He also discussed what a change in self-talk may indicate and how to address those changes.

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Article on self-talk 


Self-talk is a common behavioral characteristic that many (but not all) people with Down syndrome have in common. The "groove" is another. Additional information is shared in our article called Common Characteristics of Adolescents and Adults with Down Syndrome.

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