The video below is a recording of a webinar presented by Brian Chicoine, MD and Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L on August 25, 2021. Dr. Chicoine is the medical director at the Adult Down Syndrome Center and Dr. Frank is the occupational therapist at the Center. In this presentation, they discuss the "groove" - a preference for sameness, repetition, or routine - in adolescents and adults with Down syndrome. They describe the advantages and disadvantages of the groove, strategies to address problematic grooves, and methods to establish new grooves. The diagnosis and treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is also addressed.
View the webinar slides
Read an article on the groove
The groove is a common behavioral characteristic that many (but not all) people with Down syndrome have in common. Self-talk is another. Additional information is shared in our article called Common Characteristics of Adolescents and Adults with Down Syndrome.