What is Down syndrome?
Down syndrome is one of the most common genetic conditions. Individuals with Down syndrome have an extra 21st chromosome in all or some of their cells. This additional genetic material affects the course of development, which can lead to developmental delays, intellectual disabilities and increased risk of certain medical issues.
What to expect at your visit to the Down Syndrome Clinic
The Down Syndrome Clinic is designed to help you see many of the specialists your child might need in one visit to Children’s Mercy. At this comprehensive visit, we will screen for common conditions in children with Down syndrome. Early diagnosis and early intervention can help your child function to the best of their ability and lead a healthy and fulfilling life.
The Down Syndrome Clinic visit typically lasts for almost 4 hours. Each child is seen by members of the multidisciplinary team, which may include some or all of the following:
- Pediatrician or Adolescent Medicine specialist
- Behavior Psychologist
- Genetic Counselor
- Occupational Therapist
- Speech Therapist
- Social worker
You will also get to meet our advocate for the Down Syndrome Clinic, Karissa, an adult with Down syndrome who works on the clinic staff.