Down Syndrome Plus+

UPS for DownS also offers DS Plus+, for families to gather together to support and educate one another regarding the unique needs of those with children with Down syndrome and additional behavioral needs. If your child is experiencing behavior that seems like something more than Down syndrome, then this group may be a good resource for you and your family.

Dr. Nancy Keck, developmental pediatrician and expert in Down syndrome, behavioral disorders, ADHD, autism, and autism spectrum disorders, is the facilitator of the group.  DS Plus+ meets quarterly, with rotating dates and locations. Free onsite childcare is available at each of these meetings. This group is in its infancy and is growing to meet the needs of those who attend.

To find out more information or to receive personal invitations to the meetings, contact or call (847) 895-2100.

Dual Diagnosis Resources

You can learn more about Down Syndrome and Autism at the Down Syndrome and Autism Internet Information Center.

The Down Syndrome & Autistic Spectrum (ds-autism) listserv is a discussion list for families, parents, and professionals interested in this dual diagnosis. Topics include medical, educational, and family concerns in a free, and open forum.

Do people with Down syndrome have feelings?

Yes. Just like everyone, people with Down syndrome have feelings. They can feel happy, silly, sad, sorry, or upset - just like you. People with Down syndrome enjoy friends and family and can be hurt when someone teases or makes fun of them - just like you.

Can I help my Friend?

Yes! Play with and talk to people with Down syndrome. If they are having trouble playing a game, give them time and a little extra help or ask them what game they would like to play. Be clear in what you are saying. Find out what your friend likes to do. Just hang out together and see what happens. You are more alike than you are different.