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 info@upsfordowns.org 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 grow up?

Yes. In adulthood, many people with Down syndrome have jobs, go to college, live independently, and support their communities. People with Down syndrome bring to their jobs enthusiasm, reliability, and dedication.

Why does my friend with Down Syndrome act differently than other kids?

People with Down syndrome have difficulty with language and talking.  Many kids want to interact and play with their friends, but don't know how, are afraid they won't be understood, or afraid they will be told "no, you can't play". Some kids with Down syndrome get overwhelmed when too many things are going on at the same time.