Mental Wellness in Adults with Down Syndrome:
A Guide to Emotional and Behavioral Strengths and Challenges

$29.95 $20.97

Written by Dennis McGuire, Ph.D. & Brian Chicoine, M.D.
Available February 2021 (Backorders Accepted!)
Second Edition / isbn 978-1-60613-285-2 / 2021 / Paperback / 7″ x 10″ / 482 pages



Awards for the First Edition:

2007 Independent Publisher Award: Bronze Medalist in Psychology/Mental Health Category

2006 Best Books Book Awards, Psychology/Mental Health Finalist

2006 ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award: Finalist in Psychology Category

Mental Wellness in Adults with Down Syndrome, the groundbreaking book by the founding directors of the Adult Down Syndrome Center of Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois, will soon be available in a much expanded new edition.

Just as with the first edition, Drs. McGuire and Chicoine share their decades of experience and expertise treating thousands of adolescents and adults for the benefit of parents, mental health professionals, teachers and caregivers who want to understand better how to promote mental health and resolve psychosocial problems in people with Down syndrome.

This second edition significantly updates and expands previous information on obsessional slowness, Alzheimer’s disease, communication skills, eating refusal, and visual memory. And entirely new chapters cover concrete thinking and behaving, social skills, sensory processing difference and disorders (written by Katie Frank, Ph.D, OTR/L), and regression.

Readers will learn about the common behavioral characteristics of Down syndrome, how some can be mistaken for mental illness, and the bona fide mental health problems that occur more commonly in people with Down syndrome. As McGuire and Chicoine describe these traits and mental health issues, they also explain, through detailed observations and case studies now included in every chapter how parents, caregivers and adults with Down syndrome can work together to foster mental wellness. In addition, the authors discuss the importance of regular assessment and how behavior and mental well-being can be affected by environmental conditions, social opportunities, and physical health.

The first section of the book offers a wealth of knowledge and insight about typical behavioral traits of Down syndrome and how to work with them to encourage mental wellness on a day-to-day basis. Topics include:

  • Community and Family Support
  • Self-Talk and Imaginary Friends
  • Communication-Related Problems
  • Memory Strengths and Deficits
  • Emotional Development
  • Tendencies Toward Sameness and Repetition
  • Self-Esteem and Self-Image
  • Lifespan Issues

The second section on mental illness includes chapters on such conditions as:

  • Depression and Other Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Tic Disorders, Repetitive Movements & Tourette Syndrome (new)
  • AD/HD and Other Impulse Control Issues
  • Autism
  • Alzheimer disease

In each case, the authors describe the problem signs, the diagnostic process and a range of treatment options, such as counseling, behavioral therapy and up-to-date medication information. Anyone who knows or cares for an adult with Down syndrome will undoubtedly understand them better after reading this guide.

Written by Dennis McGuire, Ph.D. & Brian Chicoine, M.D.

Dennis McGuire, former Director of Psychosocial Services for the Adult Down Syndrome Center of Lutheran General Hospital outside of Chicago, is now in private practice, as well as Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s Senior Consultant specializing in adult initiatives.
Brian Chicoine is the medical director of the Adult Down Syndrome Center of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.

Together, they founded The Center in 1992 and have served thousands of adults with Down syndrome. Both Drs. McGuire and Chicoine are frequent speakers at conferences around the U.S. and abroad regarding their work and expertise.

Also by Dennis McGuire & Brian Chicoine:
The Guide to Good Health for Teens & Adults with Down Syndrome