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Medical Surveillance Guidelines for Down Syndrome

presented by Kathy Martin

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Individuals with Down syndrome may have multiple medical comorbidities that may potentially affect any system in the body. This course will provide a brief overview of common medical issues in children with Down syndrome. Appropriate questions for conducting a systems review will be discussed along with red flags that would warrant a referral to a physician. The American Academy of Pediatrics’ guidelines for health supervision of infants and young children will also be reviewed.

Meet Your Instructor

Kathy Martin, PT, DHSc

Dr. Martin received a BA in Athletic Training from Purdue University in 1987, an MS in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis in 1990, and a Doctor of Health Science from the University of Indianapolis in 2003. She joined the faculty of the Krannert School of Physical Therapy at the University of Indianapolis in 2000,…

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1. Common Medical Comorbidities

This chapter will review common comorbidities that may be present in children with Down syndrome. The prevalence of each comorbidity, along with its implication for physical therapy, will be discussed.

2. Systems Review and Screening Questions

This chapter will focus on the initial physical therapy evaluation of a child with Down syndrome. Specific questions to ask to elicit information about possible medical comorbidities will be discussed. A systems review approach will be used that is tailored for early childhood.

3. Health Surveillance Guidelines for Children with Down Syndrome

The American Academy of Pediatrics published health surveillance guidelines for children with Down syndrome in 2011. Relevant guidelines for children birth through age 5 years will be reviewed and importance to physical therapy will be emphasized.

4. Health Surveillance Guidelines for Adolescents with Down Syndrome

The American Academy of Pediatrics published health surveillance guidelines for children and adolescents with Down syndrome in 2011. Relevant guidelines for children from 5 years old to 21 years old will be reviewed and importance to physical therapy will be emphasized.

5. Health Surveillance Guidelines for Adults with Down Syndrome

This chapter will review the prevalence and impact of medical comorbidities for adults with Down syndrome. The relevance for physical therapists will also be discussed.

6. Q&A - Parent Interview

In this chapter, Dr. Kathy Martin is joined by a parent of a 3-year-old daughter with down syndrome to discuss health surveillance guidelines from a parent's perspective.

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