Individuals with Down syndrome need the usual health care screenings and evaluations recommended for the general population. However, because children and adults with Down syndrome are at increased risk of having and/or developing a variety of medical conditions, there are additional tests or evaluations that are recommended.
In Atlanta, we have access to the Emory Genetic Clinic which addresses concerns through elementary age and the Adult Disability Medical Home, which serves adolescents and adults with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities with a holistic approach.
Emory Down Syndrome Clinic
Adult Disability Medical Home
DSAA also supports the Adult Disability Medical Home (ADMH) formerly named the Adult Down Syndrome Program. The ADMH offers a multidisciplinary team of physicians, psychologists, nutritionists, social workers and others who evaluate and provide program planning guidance for adolescents and adults with Down syndrome. For more information, visit http://www.theadmh.org/ or contact Janice Nodvin, Program Director at 678-595-4854.
The most recent guidelines, "Health Supervision for Children with Down Syndrome", were published by the American Academy of Pediatrics in Pediatrics (Vol. 128, No. 2, August 1, 2011. Pp. 393-406).
"Health Supervision for Children with Down Syndrome" – Entire Article
Summaries by the National Down Syndrome Society of the "Health Supervision for Children with Down Syndrome"
Growth Charts as published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Health Care Guidelines for Individuals with Down Syndrome, American Academy of Pediatrics