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Mental Wellness in Adults with Down Syndrome

In this groundbreaking book the founding directors of the Adult Down Syndrome Center of Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge Illinois - the first and premier facility of its type in North America - share nearly 30 years of combined experience treating over 3000 adolescents and adults with Down syndrome aged 12 to 83. This is an invaluable resource for parents mental health professionals teachers and caregivers who want to understand how to promote mental health and resolve psychosocial problems in people with Down syndrome. This authoritative upbeat and easy-to-read guide clarifies what the common behavioural characteristics of Down syndrome are how some could be mistaken for mental illness and what bona fide mental health problems occur more commonly in people with Down syndrome. As Chicoine and McGuire describe these traits and mental health issues they also explain through observations and case studies based on their patients how parents caregivers and adults with Down syndrome can work together to foster mental wellness. In addition the authors discuss the importance of regular assessment and how behaviour and mental well-being can be affected by environmental conditions social opportunities and physical health. The first section of the book offers a wealth of knowledge and insight about typical behavioural traits of Down syndrome and how to work with teens and adults to encourage mental wellness on a day-to-day basis. For each condition the authors describe the problem signs the diagnostic process and a range of treatment options such as counselling behavioural therapy and medications. Now readers all over the world can pay a virtual visit to the Adult Down Syndrome Center and benefit from the insight and expertise of Drs. McGuire and Chicoine. Anyone who knows or cares for someone with Down syndrome will understand them better after reading this guide. Publisher: Woodbine House Inc.U.S. Format: Paperback. Number of pages: 460. Dimensions: 25.35cm x 17.88cm x 2.39cm.
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Dennis McGuire, Ph.D., is the Director of Psychosocial Services for the Adult Down Syndrome Center of Lutheran General Hospital in suburban Chicago. Dennis McGuire received his Masters degree from the University of Chicago and his doctorate from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has worked for over 29 years in the fields of mental health and developmental disabilities. He lives in Oak Park, Illinois, with his wife and son. Brian Chicoine, M.D. is the medical director of the Adult Down Syndrome Center. Together they founded The Center in 1992 and have served nearly 3,000 adults with Down syndrome since its inception. Brian Chicoine received his medical degree from Loyola University in Chicago from the Stritch School of Medicine. He did his residency at the Lutheran General Hospital Department of Family Medicine in Park Ridge, Illinois, where he currently works. Dr Chicoine has spent nearly 30 years working with people with intellectual disabilities in a variety of capacities. The father of three, he lives with his family in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

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