Tag Archive: developmental disability

Oct 9 2019

New Study Explores In-Home Sleep Apnea Evaluation for Children With Down Syndrome

By Barbara Drosey

Obstructive sleep apnea affects a disproportionate number of children with Down syndrome – 40 to 50 percent – compared to the 3 to 5 percent of their typically developing peers who are affected. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs more frequently during REM sleep, a sleep stage during which the body is completely relaxed, allowing the upper airways to become partially or completely blocked. Children with Down syndrome have midfacial hypoplasia, enlarged tongues, and baseline low muscle tone, all of which make them more prone to obstructive sleep apnea. These repeated obstructions in breathing can cause oxygen deprivation, carbon dioxide retention, and repeated awakenings that prevent children from getting a good night’s sleep.

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Apr 22 2019

Parents Pair Up With Urban Families to Ease Early Intervention Access

By Barb Drosey

James Guevara, MD, MPH, a passionate advocate for kids’ health and well-being, greets visitors with a warm smile and soft voice. A founding member of PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and senior fellow at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Public Health Initiatives, Dr. Guevara wants to help families connect with early intervention (EI) services to help children experiencing developmental delays get the best start in life.

“The earlier children access EI services, the easier it is to ameliorate developmental delays so, by the time they start kindergarten, they are on a more level playing field with their peers,” Dr. Guevara said.

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