Dual Diagnosis (DS-ASD)

Parents of children with Down syndrome and autistic spectrum disorder (DS-ASD) are especially in need of tips to manage inappropriate behavior because there is so little information available about this dual diagnosis for parents or professionals. As parents, you become comfortable accommodating your child's learning style based on information about Down syndrome and your own experiences. Then the latter diagnosis, autistic spectrum disorder, is superimposed on the first. At this point many parents are overwhelmed. They feel as though all hope for modification is lost. However, if you approach your child's behavioral difficulties that are often associated with autistic spectrum from a systematic, behavioral perspective, you will feel renewed hope for not only behavioral management, but also for skill development. Learn more 


Potty Training

Potty training can be a challenge with any child.  Every parent hopes for a smooth process. Each child is different, but there are certain signs to look for in your child to determine their readiness to start using the potty! Learn more

Toilet Training Program for Individuals with Special Needs - Adapted from the Foxx and Azrin Program

Wiping Sequence Visual



They ran in the past and continue to run in spite of strategies created to stop the running. Sound familiar? People who run create stress for everyone involved; often their safety is at risk or their running creates further problems. No matter what the cause, you want the running to stop. The focus of most interventions is to stop the “runner,” a poor use of your time and energy. People will run faster, further and harder when you try to stop them without responding to the underlying needs triggering the running in the first place. Learn more

Wandering Behavior

Wandering is the tendency for an individual to try to leave the safety of a responsible person’s care or a safe area, which can result in potential harm or injury. This might include running off from adults at school or in the community, leaving the classroom without permission, or leaving the house when the family is not looking. This behavior is considered common and short-lived in toddlers, but it may persist or re-emerge in children and adults with autism.  Learn more

Family Resource Conference PowerPoints on Behavior

by Gretchen Carroll, M.A., Education Coordinator Jane and Richard Thomas Center for Down Syndrome

Pre-School Years

Elementary Years