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Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City

5960 Dearborn Street Ste. 100
Mission, KS 66202
913-384-4848 Phone
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Behavior Resources

 

Supporting Positive Behavior in Children and Teens with Down Syndrome, by Dr. David Stein examines how the brain of a person with Down syndrome works, how those differences impact behavior, and why bad behavior should not be viewed as a willful act. Governed by this new awareness, parents are in a better position to change and manage their child’s behavior using these guiding principles:

  • Be proactive, not reactive
  • Be consistent
  • Use visual schedules & Social Stories to direct behavior
  • Develop a token reward chart
  • Keep gut reactions in check
  • Teach siblings to ignore bad behavior
  • Learn effective disciplinary techniques
  • Know when professional help is needed

Download the Supporting Positive Behavior Quick Tips Sheet
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ownload the Behavior Guide for Supporting Children with Down Syndrome
Watch the Behavior Bootcamp webinar here.

Fostering Self Control in Students - a resources Adapted from Landon, T., Voorhees, M.D., Aveno, A., & Sydeman, S. (1993). Fostering selfcontrol using nonaversive behavior management and positive discipline, pp. 189-224. In A. Aveno (Ed.) Planning for inclusive preschool programming: A guide for making them work. Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education, University of Virginia: Charlottesville, VA]

Effective Behavior Management Techniques - handouts for a seminar presented by DSG Executive Director, Amy Allison, and past board president Bridget Murphy in 2013.  

Managing Behavior Resources at NDSS

Changing Behaviors and Teaching New Skills - Kennedy Krieger Institute

Key Features of Effective Behavior Support - Presented by Kansas Institute for Positive Behavioe Support at the 2012 Annual Conference.

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Planning Transitions to Reduce Challenging Behavior

 

 

 

DAILY LIVING & BEHAVIOR RESOURCES 

Elopement Resources

 

Download the Big Red Safety Toolkit from the National Autism Association and be ready with a plan when your loved one with Down syndrome wanders off.

Follow These Safety Tips:

  • Secure Your Home—Install secure deadbolts, home security systems, and battery operated alarms on doors and windows.
  • Get an I.D. Tag—Outfit your child or adult with a medical ID Bracelet or other form of ID bracelet/necklace/wallet/card
  • Consider a Tracking Device—Purchase a GPS tracking device for your child.
  • Alert the neighbors—make the rounds with your child with Down syndrome in tow — introduce them, make them comfortable and share your contact information.
  • Alert First Responders—Provide the local police and fire stations with key information before an incident occurs
  • Make an Emergency Form—containing an updated photo, physical description, favorite attractions, method(s) of communication and helpful details.  Always keep a copy with you and have copies ready to distribute to friends, neighbors and police. 
  • Have a Plan— for both home and school, and have it written into the IEP at school regarding each person’s role in the event the child wanders off.  And practice, practice, practice!
  • Use visual supports—place a STOP sign on the doors and teach your child to ask permission before leaving the house.
  • Teach your Child to Swim— this can eliminate drowning risks should the child go towards a body of water.