Regression: Understanding a sudden loss of skills in children or young adults with Down syndrome.
September 18, 2018
Registration link: http://bit.ly/RegressionAndDs
Regression is an unusual loss of previously acquired functional skills along with significant changes in behavior and personality. When it occurs, it most commonly occurs in teens and young adults but may occur in younger and older ages. Learn more about the known signs, causes or triggers and current research from two leading clinical experts, Drs. George Capone and Brian Chicoine, with over 20 years of experience providing medical care for children and adults with Down syndrome.
Dr. Capone shares the knowledge he has gained at the Kennedy Krieger Institute evaluating children who experience a dramatic loss (or plateauing) in their acquisition and use of language and social-attending skills. He will discuss when these changes could be signs of a co-existing autism disorder or other behavioral or psychiatric conditions such as ADHD, OCD or mood disorder.
Based on his extensive knowledge and many years of practical experience, Dr. Chicoine will discuss the evaluation of sudden functional changes in younger adults with Down syndrome in the context of regression and Alzheimer’s and suggest ways to thoughtfully approach these changes.
George T. Capone, M.D.
Dr. George Capone is an associate professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Capone is committed to research that explores the neurobiologic basis of cognitive impairment and co-morbid neurobehavioral and psychiatric disorders associated with Down syndrome.
He is also a research scientist and director of the Down Syndrome Clinic and Research Center (DSCRC) at Kennedy Krieger Institute, as well as an attending physician on the institute’s comprehensive rehabilitation unit.
Brian Chicoine, M.D.
Dr. Chicoine is the Medical Director of the Advocate Adult Down Syndrome Center in Park Ridge, IL. He is on the faculty of Family Medicine at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Dr. Chicoine is the cofounder of the Adult Down Syndrome Center that has served and documented the health and psychosocial needs of over 6000 adolescents and adults with Down syndrome since its inception in 1992.