Down syndrome

Down syndrome is the most prevalent chromosomal cause of intellectual disability and the most common congenital disorder associated with intellectual disability. It occurs in an average of 1 out of every 700-1000 births. It affects both males and females of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Individuals with Down syndrome have characteristic facial features. The syndrome results in higher than normal risk for associated medical conditions, as well as distinctive cognitive, language, and behavioral profiles. In general, persons with Down syndrome have higher levels of adaptive behavior than of intelligence. The syndrome results in an life span that is shorter than average, but it has quintupled over the last century due to advancements in treating associated medical conditions, especially heart defects.

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VKC researchers pioneer Down syndrome speech and learning interventions
VKC researchers at Peabody College are blazing new trails in language and learning programs designed to ensure that children with Down syndrome have the brightest possible futures.

Addressing needs of family caregivers of aging adults with Down syndrome
The increased life expectancy of adults with Down syndrome has changed the way caregiving occurs in families. Unique circumstances associated with these changes suggest adjustments may be necessary in family support policies and interventions.

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  • Phenotypic Specific Communication Intervention for Children with Down Syndrome
    PI: Kaiser, Ann
  • Efficacy of Parent-implemented Treatment in Infant Siblings of Children With ASD
    PI: Yoder, Paul

People related to the topic: Down syndrome

Aaron Bowman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Biochemistry, and Neurology

Stephen M. Camarata, Ph.D.
Professor of Hearing & Speech Sciences and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Elisabeth Dykens, Ph.D.
Annette Schaffer Eskind Chair and Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center; IDDRC PI and Director of Clinical Translational Core B; Co-Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities; Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, and Pediatrics

Kevin Ess, M.D., Ph.D.
Gerald M. Fenichel Chair in Neurology; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Cell & Developmental Biology, and Neurology; Director, Division of Pediatric Neurology

Robert Hodapp, Ph.D.
Professor of Special Education; Director of Research, UCEDD

Ann P. Kaiser, Ph.D.
Susan Gray Chair in Education and Human Development; Professor of Special Education and Psychology

Elise McMillan, J.D.
Co-Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Director of Community Engagement and Public Policy
Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Richard Urbano, Ph.D.
Research Professor of Pediatrics; Epidemiology Database Director, IDDRC Clinical Translational Core B; Bioinformatics and Database Specialist, IDDRC Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Core E

Joseph H Wehby, Ph.D.
Chair and Associate Professor of Special Education

Paul J. Yoder, Ph.D.
Professor of Special Education

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