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Regression is a fast and unusual loss of thinking skills, socializing and daily activities. It also may include an increase in unhealthy behaviors. Regression occurs rarely in people with Down syndrome, but we hope this handout will help you learn about the signs of regression and when to seek care for your son or daughter with Down syndrome.
It is normal for people with Down syndrome to experience many of the behaviors below. However, call the Mass General Down Syndrome Program if you notice your son or daughter experiencing many of these behaviors for at least six months.
People with Down syndrome usually like consistency, repetition, and order every day. Change can be harder for people with Down syndrome. During times of transition and change, you may notice signs of regression in your son or daughter (e.g., transition from elementary to middle school, or transition from school to adulthood).
It may be more difficult to cope with life changes for people with Down syndrome. Regression may happen during the following times:
If you notice your son or daughter having many of the signs of regression for at least six months, contact our Mass General Down Syndrome Program for evaluation at 617-643-8912. Our team tries to identify reversible and treatable health causes for regressive symptoms. We can help to arrange a multidisciplinary team evaluation including psychologists, social workers and psychiatrists.
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