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If your child with
Down syndrome is an adolescent or young adult between
the ages of 13 and 21, you will likely have ongoing questions and concerns.
Your doctor can help answer your questions. And he or she can guide you to appropriate
resources that can help you manage your feelings and plan for your child's
long-term care needs.
Your child should receive health care from a coordinated team of
doctors. Treatment should focus on monitoring and recognizing your child's
changing physical, mental, and emotional needs. Your doctor should be able to
guide you to the services you need. It is a good idea to have your child's
primary doctor prepare and maintain a medical summary and work with you to
develop a written health care transition plan as your child approaches the teen
years. Think about what types of future services will be needed, who will provide them, and
how you will pay for the services.
Your doctor will likely address a variety of issues during
your child's regularly scheduled checkups. In addition to talking about health problems, your doctor may talk with you and your child about concerns like:
Current as of:
July 1, 2013
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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