Upon successful completion
of this program, the nurse will be able to:
- Identify specific neurological,
sensory, orthopedic, cardiac, respiratory, autoimmune, mental health, dental,
and oncological health risks of adolescents with Down syndrome, and describe
appropriate nursing interventions related to these risks.
- Cite the health care
guidelines established by the National Down Syndrome Society for adolescents
with Down syndrome, and highlight nursing interventions to address these guidelines.
- Identify specific recommendations
for effective weight management in teens with Down syndrome.
- Cite three key points
regarding the relationship between academic learning, adaptive skills, and
cognitive development in adolescents with Down syndrome.
- Identify key components
of self-competence in adolescents with Down syndrome, and identify nursing
strategies to promote self-competence.
- Describe social settings
and activities that are effective in promoting friendship opportunities for
teens with Down syndrome.
- Describe significant
issues surrounding intimacy and sexuality for adolescents with Down syndrome,
and identify potential nursing interventions.
- Describe the factors
that increase the risk for sexual or physical abuse in teens with Down syndrome,
and identify effective teaching strategies to reduce those risks.
- Describe the transition
process designed to prepare the adolescent to leave the school system and
enter the work force.