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#72 - Coronavirus in Ds #3 - Navigating Towards an Eventual Safe Return (with Dr. Andrew Nowalk)

Down Syndrome Center of Western Pennsylvania Podcast

Release Date: 05/15/2020

#72 - Coronavirus in Ds #3 - Navigating Towards an Eventual Safe Return (with Dr. Andrew Nowalk) show art #72 - Coronavirus in Ds #3 - Navigating Towards an Eventual Safe Return (with Dr. Andrew Nowalk)

Down Syndrome Center of Western Pennsylvania Podcast

Dr. Nowalk rejoined the podcast today to talk about timely topics such as safely bringing children to medical visits and daycare settings.  We also brought a special focus on potential summer vacations and visits with extended family.  Dr. Nowalk also provided his perspective on Pediatric Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome that has been highly discussed recently given its apparent association with COVID in children.

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#71 - Right to Equal Medical Treatment for People with DS (with Heather Sachs, JD) show art #71 - Right to Equal Medical Treatment for People with DS (with Heather Sachs, JD)

Down Syndrome Center of Western Pennsylvania Podcast

Dr. Vellody was joined on the podcast today by Heather Sachs, JD, the Policy and Advocacy Director of the National Down Syndrome Congress.  They discussed the rights of people with Down syndrome when it comes to obtaining equal medical treatment, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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#70 - Coronavirus in Ds #2 - Myths and Truths (with Dr. Andrew Nowalk) show art #70 - Coronavirus in Ds #2 - Myths and Truths (with Dr. Andrew Nowalk)

Down Syndrome Center of Western Pennsylvania Podcast

Dr. Nowalk rejoined us on the podcast to go through several myths (and a couple truths) about coronavirus/COVID-19.  

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#69 - Best Practices and Resources for Online Education in Ds (with Dr. Sean Smith) show art #69 - Best Practices and Resources for Online Education in Ds (with Dr. Sean Smith)

Down Syndrome Center of Western Pennsylvania Podcast

Dr. Sean Smith is a Professor of Special Education at the University of Kansas and is a nationally recognized expert in special education, particularly in the use of technology in educational programming.  Given the coronavirus pandemic, many children with Ds are now needing to use online tools that may not be ideal for their learning on their own.  Dr. Smith discusses these issues as well as multiple other resources on this podcast. NDSC Webinar Series on Education with Dr. Smith () IXL - Study Island = K12 incorporated - Connections Academy - Pearson Online Learning - Khan...

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#68 - Coronavirus (with Dr. Andrew Nowalk) show art #68 - Coronavirus (with Dr. Andrew Nowalk)

Down Syndrome Center of Western Pennsylvania Podcast

Since our last episode on respiratory viruses was recorded prior to the arrival of coronavirus (causing COVID 19) in the U.S., Dr. Nowalk graciously agreed to join us to give us the current status of this viral outbreak and what we know about it's potential impact in children with Down syndrome.

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#67 - Preventing Respiratory Illness (with Dr. Andrew Nowalk) show art #67 - Preventing Respiratory Illness (with Dr. Andrew Nowalk)

Down Syndrome Center of Western Pennsylvania Podcast

Dr. Andrew Nowalk joins us on the podcast today to discuss general prevention of respiratory illness in children with Down syndrome.  This podcast was recorded prior to the COVID-19 spread so the focus is on influenza, RSV, and other viruses.  The same general principles will apply in terms of prevention from viruses in general.

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#66 - Dental Topics (with Dr. Brian Martin) show art #66 - Dental Topics (with Dr. Brian Martin)

Down Syndrome Center of Western Pennsylvania Podcast

Dr. Brian Martin joined us on the podcast to discuss common pediatric dental issues seen in children with Down syndrome.  

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#65 - Speech Apraxia (with Betsy Gilbert, CCC-SLP) show art #65 - Speech Apraxia (with Betsy Gilbert, CCC-SLP)

Down Syndrome Center of Western Pennsylvania Podcast

Betsy Gilbert of Therapy Works LLC joined Dr. Vellody on the podcast to discuss speech issues in Down syndrome, particularly speech apraxia.   To get more information on speech apraxia and Down syndrome from Libby Kumin and the National Down Syndrome Congress:   To get more information on speech apraxia:     To get more information about Therapy Works or to schedule an appointment:

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#64 - Sibling Topics (with Sue Levine and Brian Skotko, MD) show art #64 - Sibling Topics (with Sue Levine and Brian Skotko, MD)

Down Syndrome Center of Western Pennsylvania Podcast

Dr. Vellody was joined by the foremost experts in the world regarding sibling topics related to Down syndrome.  Ms. Levine and Dr. Skotko have numerous publications and have lead many national workshops on this topic. 

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#63 - Research at the NIH (with Melissa Parisi, MD and Lisa Kaeser, JD) show art #63 - Research at the NIH (with Melissa Parisi, MD and Lisa Kaeser, JD)

Down Syndrome Center of Western Pennsylvania Podcast

Melissa Parisi and Lisa Kaeser fro the National Institutes of Health joined Dr. Vellody on the podcast today to discuss current research at the NIH.  Specifically, they discussed the DS-Connect registry and the INCLUDE research project.  Information on both of these studies can be found at:  DS-Connect® Registry: The INCLUDE Research Project:

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Dr. Nowalk rejoined the podcast today to talk about timely topics such as safely bringing children to medical visits and daycare settings.  We also brought a special focus on potential summer vacations and visits with extended family.  Dr. Nowalk also provided his perspective on Pediatric Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome that has been highly discussed recently given its apparent association with COVID in children.