Waisman Center

Abuse Prevention in Down Syndrome

Susan Heighway, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Waisman Center Clinics, provides strategies and reviews issues and concerns about sexuality, abuse prevention and social relationships with people with Down Syndrome.

Community Support to People with Down Syndrome

Paul White, Director, Community TIES Program, Waisman Center, offers an overview of practical, behavioral strategies for families and community support teams to consider for people with Down Syndrome.

Sleep Apnea in Children with Down Syndrome

Camilla Matthews and Vivek Balasubramaniam, Associate Professors, Pediatrics, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, discuss the causes and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea as well as testing and treatment options for children and adolescents with Down syndrome. Sleep apnea impacts daytime behavior and alertness, cardiovascular risk factors, pain, immune function, and insulin resistance.

Behavioral Concerns in Down Syndrome

Maria Stanley, Medical Director, Waisman Center Clinics, looks at the broad range of possible underlying contributors, including underlying medical issues and environmental factors, when encountering the emergence of behavioral change in people with Down syndrome.

Skin Cells and Stem Cells to Study Down Syndrome

Anita Bhattacharyya, Senior Scientist, Waisman Center, UW-Madison, explores how human stem cells which have trisomy 21 provide an unparalleled way to study how the formation of the brain is different in people with Down syndrome. Stem cells can be made from the skin cells of individuals with Down syndrome and then turned into brain cells to study brain development.

Parents’ Long-term Impact on Adults with Down Syndrome

Marsha R. Mailick, Director, Waisman Center, UW-Madison, discusses the importance of family for healthy aging in adults with Down Syndrome. Mailick reports on the findings from a 22-year study of 75 adults with Down Syndrome and their families.

Cerebral Palsy: An Integrated Approach

Michael Ward, Program Director, Waisman Center Neuromotor Clinics, discusses ways that interdisciplinary clinical care can help people with cerebral palsy and their families maximize understanding and optimize choices for interventions through the lifespan.

A Population Perspective on Cerebral Palsy

Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, Chief, Developmental Disabilities Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides an overview of the of the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Cerebral Palsy Network and reviews the latest findings on the number and characteristics of children living with cerebral palsy, including information on motor functioning and co-occurring conditions.

Monitoring and Supporting Children with Cerebral Palsy

Ruth Benedict, Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology, UW-Madison, provides an overview of the classification systems and assessment tools for determining functioning level of children with cerebral palsy. Benedict offers interventions to maximize function.

Autism During Adolescence and Adulthood

Leann Smith, Assistant Clinical Professor, Waisman Center Investigator, shares results from the Adolescents and Adults with Autism study as it relates to approaches for intervention for high school students on the autism spectrum as they transition into adulthood.


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