Down Syndrome. Molly M. Zimmerman , B.A. University of Pittsburgh Department of Communication Science and Disorders key words: Down syndrome, orofacial anomalies. Author Information.
Molly M. Zimmerman, B.A.
University of Pittsburgh
Department of Communication Science and Disorders
key words: Down syndrome, orofacial anomalies
This lecture was authored by Molly M. Zimmerman, an advanced graduate student in the University of Pittsburgh Department of Communication Science and Disorders, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. The presentation was prepared as a term assignment for the graduate course Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Disorders, taught by faculty member Ellen R. Cohn Ph.D. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Molly Zimmerman is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. Her clinical interests include adult rehabilitation as well as acute and sub-acute care. However, she would like to further explore her interests in child speech and language therapy. Molly’s interest in the lecture topic resulted from her desire to learn more about the causes and effects of Down syndrome.
1. Is Down Syndrome caused by something the mother does during pregnancy?
2. Can Down Syndrome be prevented?
3. What factors contribute to mouth breathing?
4. What are some of the health problems associated with Down Syndrome?
1. No. Nothing the mother (or father) does causes Down syndrome.
2. No. Down syndrome cannot be prevented.
3. Mouth breathing occurs due to small nasal passages and high incidence of respiratory infections.
4. Heart defects, intestinal malformations, vision and hearing impairments.