Adolescents with Down Syndrome
Adolescents with Down syndrome today lead rich and active lives in their homes,
schools, and communities. While they face many of the same health risks as their
non-disabled peers, teens with Down syndrome also have particular issues that
are addressed in a set of published health guidelines from the National Down
Syndrome Society. Since weight management problems are almost universal in this
population, this program contains specific guidelines for physical activity
and dietary intake. Sexuality and intimacy concerns are addressed, along with
methods for supporting the teens social development.
Teens with Down syndrome
are capable of continuing significant gains in gross motor skills, fine motor
abilities, speech and language, cognition, social development, and activities
of daily living, if they receive appropriate education and support. Recommendations
for educational and developmental support are highlighted in this course offering.
Also included is a discussion of the formal transition process, designed to
guide the adolescent from the school system to the work force. Nursing implications
are highlighted, and family support recommendations are included. Please see
Objectives for a specific list of the course goals.
The target audience for this course is nurses who work with adolescents with Down syndrome in a variety of settings: inpatient and outpatient health care facilities, physicians offices and clinics, public and private agencies serving individuals with disabilities, home health, and case management.