For Medical Professionals

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Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation’s Understanding a Down Syndrome Diagnosis is an accurate, balanced, and up-to-date booklet for use when delivering a diagnosis of Down Syndrome.

Myths and Truths about Down Syndrome

National Down Syndrome Society Changing Lives: Down Syndrome & the Health Care Professional Myths & Truths About Down Syndrome 

National Center For Prenatal and Postnatal Resources

The National Center provides this clearinghouse of professionally recommended resources so that medical practitioners, expectant parents, and new parents have access to accurate, up-to-date, and balanced information about Down syndrome. 

NDSS Presenting a Diagnosis of Down Syndrome

National Down Syndrome Society Changing Lives: Down Syndrome & the Health Care Professional Presenting a Diagnosis of Down Syndrome gives suggestions for medical profssionals when giving a diagnosis, both pre-natally and post-natally.

NDSS Resources for Healthcare Professionals

A list of resources for Health Care Professionals on a variety of topics related to Down syndrome.

People First Language

To ensure inclusion, freedom, and respect for all, it's time to embrace People First Language.

The Perfect Child

Article written by Dr. Frank H. Boehm is professor and vice chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for the America College of Obstretricians and Gynecologists about his grandson, Seth, who happens to have Down syndrome and is the "perfect child". Update a few years later can be found here

Physical Characteristics

While the only way to accurately diagnose Down syndrome is through a chromosomal karyotype, certain physical features may be present.

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