Adolescents with Down Syndrome: Toward a More Fulfilling Life / Edition 1

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Scientific advances, enlightened legislation, better employment opportunities, and psychoeducational breakthroughs give young people with Down syndome a better chance than ever of leading fulfilling, happy lives. Adolescents with Down Syndrome fills the previously existing gap in support resources for young adults and their families.

Caring and comprehensive, this book takes a holistic approach to the issues, focusing on the person with Down syndrome. Experts from diverse backgrounds provide information and perspective on biomedical, psychological, social, sexual, behavioral, educational, vocational, recreational, and legal concerns. Readers will also learn how to encourage good nutrition and exercise, promote self-esteem and self-competence, respond to challenging behavior, enhance learning experiences, plan for transitions, and help teens develop leisure pursuits.

Educators, physicians, psychologists, families, and other practitioners will use this book to ensure that they are providing optimal care and support to young adults growing up with Down syndrome.

"...contains a forward by Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver...takes a holistic approach to the issues concerning persons with Down Syndrom, including promoting self-esteem, nutrition, and learning experiences."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557662811
  • Publisher: Brookes, Paul H. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Editors
The Contributors
Introduction 1
1 General Health Issues and Medical Care 9
2 Nutritional Concerns 17
3 Physical Growth 27
4 Adolescent Development and Sexual Maturation 35
5 Gynecologic Concerns 39
6 Selected Medical Conditions 47
7 Growing into a Social-Sexual Being 59
8 Promoting Adolescent Self-Competence 71
9 Cognitive Functioning: Issues in Theory and Practice 91
10 Language Development 99
11 Behavior Concerns 111
12 Psychiatric Disorders 129
13 Inclusive Educational Schooling 145
14 Secondary Education: Planning for the Future 161
15 The Computer as a Tool for Learning 181
16 Beyond High School: Postsecondary Education as a Transition Outcome 199
17 Legal Protections for Students with Disabilities 215
18 Transition from School to Work 235
19 Supported Employment: Providing Work in the Community 245
20 Opportunities for Employment: Creative Approaches 267
21 The Role of the Family 287
22 Community Support and Participation: Getting Over a Fear of Heights 301
23 Promoting Quality of Life Through Recreation Participation 317
24 Special Olympics and Athletes with Down Syndrome 341
25 Youth and Community Life: Expanding Options and Choices 359
Appendix: Resource List 381
Index 387
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