When Down Syndrome and Autism Intersect
A Guide to DS-ASD for Parents and ProfessionalsBook - 2013
While it's well known that the incidence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is skyrocketing in the general population, it's less well known that ASD is even more common in people with Down syndrome.
When Down Syndrome and Autism Intersect offers a thorough examination of the unique profile of a Down Syndrome-Autism Spectrum Disorder (DS-ASD) diagnosis and best practices for screening treatment, and caretaking through the lifespan. This one-stop resource, the first of its kind, will greatly benefit families whose child is already diagnosed, and also those who suspect something more than Down syndrome. Professionals too will find information on how to distinguish DS-ASD from a dignosis of just Down syndrome, and guidance on providing services for children and adults.
The editors and authors are seasoned parents, advocates, doctors, dentists, psychologists, behaviour analysts, nurses, educators, and financial planners. They share their experiences and expertise on the following topics: diagnosis; emotional adjustment and support; genetics; medical concerns; when Autism is suspected for teens and adults with DS; oral health; behavioural treatments for sleep problems; care coordination; addressing problem behaviours; designing educational programs; multicultural challenges; and life planning.