Health Care Providers

 

Delivering a diagnosis

Brighter Tomorrows – Offers an interactive tutorial to provide physicians with current knowledge about Down syndrome, as well as the communication tools to adequately support families and prospective parents at the point of the initial diagnosis of Down syndrome in utero and after delivery. This tutorial also includes virtual family cases. Both a full tutorial and refresher courses are available.

Delivering a Diagnosis of Down Syndrome – based on research by Brian S. Skotko, MD, MPP,  suggestions on how to best deliver the diagnosis and provide support for these families.

Prenatal Screening and Testing for Chromosome Conditions – This online prenatal testing information tool provides the contents found in our “Prenatal Screening and Testing for Chromosome Conditions” pamphlet, as well as links to additional resources and more detailed information about chromosome conditions. “Prenatal Screening and Testing for Chromosome Conditions” is also available as a printed pamphlet in the Lettercase Bookstore

Understanding a Down Syndrome Diagnosis – Lettercase’s featured resource is “Understanding a Down Syndrome Diagnosis.” It received input from representatives of NSGC, the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG), the American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG), and the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) and the National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC). It is available for free as a download and copies are available for purchase with medical practitioners being able to receive one free complimentary copy.

Delivering a Down Syndrome Diagnosis – a helpful pamphlet prepared in conjunction with Understanding a Down Syndrome Diagnosis, for providers delivering the diagnosis.

 

Caring for a Person with Down Syndrome

The American Academy of Pediatrics has published updated health care guidelines. The guidelines provide information about health concerns for individuals with Down syndrome from birth through adulthood.

Down Syndrome: Health Issues – this website is authored by Dr. Len Leshin, who is a pediatrician and father of a young adult with Down Syndrome.

Breastfeeding

Health Care Management – at the American Academy of Family Physicians

Down Syndrome Education’s online store provides multiple books and e-books on the overall development of people with Down syndrome, as well as books on specific areas of development (such as speech and language, memory, etc.)

Continuing Education

Keeping Children and Adolescents with Down Syndrome Healthy: Medical Updates for Physicians – a video of Grand Rounds presentation by Brian Skotko, MD, MPP, Co-Director of the Down Syndrome Program October 9th, 2012.

Keeping Adults with Down Syndrome Healthy – Dr. Alison T. Schwartz, clinical co-director of the Mass General Down Syndrome Program, and Ben Majewski, self-advocate resource specialist, talk about how to keep adults with Down syndrome healthy.

For more opportunities, please visit the Continuing Education page of our partners, the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress.