Medical Surveillance Guidelines for Down Syndrome

presented by Kathy Martin

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Individuals with Down syndrome may have multiple medical co-morbidities 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, and is currently a Professor. Her clinical background includes early intervention and inpatient pediatric general acute care. Dr. Martin teaches the pediatric portion of the DPT curriculum, and her research efforts have been focused on orthotic effectiveness, and children with Down syndrome. Dr. Martin is currently the Chair of the Education Committee for the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy and has been actively involved in identifying best practices in pediatric physical therapy professional education. She is also the 2008 winner of the Indiana Chapter of the APTA Frances Ekstam Award for outstanding contribution to the physical therapy profession.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Common Medical Comorbidities

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.