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Down Syndrome: Living and Learning in the Community

Dan Riggs, MD
Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1997;151(6):638. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1997.02170430104032.
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Nadel and Rosenthal give a true community resource in Down Syndrome: Living and Learning in the Community. As the brother of a 30-year-old woman with Down syndrome, I was anxious to review this book on a professional and personal level. Simply put, it is a treasure for any professional or family engaged in the responsibility of caring for a child, adolescent, or adult with Down syndrome.

The book is a compilation of articles and essays from numerous authors, addressing the obstacles presented to children with Down syndrome as well as their families. It is divided into 7 sections, including "Personal Observations," "Behavior," "Role of the Family," "Cognitive Development and Language Acquisition," "Education," "Clinical Care," and "Community Participation." The articles are typically summaries with subsequent commentary on the scientific data available regarding acquisition of cognitive function, learning mechanisms, psychosocial adaptations, and clinical care. Effectively interspersed among these articles


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