Sensory Processing Strategies to Support Community Participation in People with DS throughout the Lifespan

Date: Wednesday, 18. January 2023, 17.00 h. CET,  per Zoom
Speaker: Dr. Katie Frank
Translation:  Croatian, Czech, French, German, Turkish and Ukrainian
Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/1116714618888/WN_bAn1nvUvT2CKaB24YylMtw

Has anyone ever suggested that your loved one with Down syndrome has sensory processing deficits? Can transitioning between activities or places be challenging? Sensory processing impacts all of us, but for many individuals with Down syndrome, the inability to control their sensory needs can impact their independence and community participation. This presentation will describe sensory processing and the different ways sensory processing can impact individuals with Down syndrome as they age. Practical sensory activities that can be incorporated daily as well as affordable equipment suggestions will be provided.

Biography

Dr. Katie Frank

Dr. Frank has worked as an occupational therapist at the Adult Down Syndrome Center since 2016 and in the field of occupational therapy since 2001. She also serves as the president of the Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group-USA. Dr. Frank earned her degree in occupational therapy from Saint Louis University and her PhD in Disability Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Most of her work has been with individuals with Down syndrome of all ages. Dr. Frank’s experience includes treatment and evaluation as well as facilitating groups for people with Down syndrome, conducting trainings for staff, families, and caregivers, and offering a variety of other educational opportunities across the United States. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals.