Down syndrome is the most common of all chromosomal abnormalities. It affects approximately one of every 800 to 1,000 births. Children born with this condition often have developmental deficiencies, distinct physical characteristics and a slower than average growth rate.
La Rabida provides family-centered care for children with Down syndrome. Care team members specialize in Down syndrome and focus on the child's intellectual, emotional and physical development. These specialists then work with the family to develop a program that will maximize the child's health and raise the possibilities for skill and esteem building experiences.
Children with Down syndrome often develop medical complications such as dental problems, obesity, hearing loss and visual impairment. Through proper medical supervision and counseling, parents can learn to minimize or prevent these complications.
Helping to Access Services and Education
- Regular physical and developmental examinations and evaluations
- Pediatric endocrinology (thyroid evaluation)
- Physical, speech, and occupational therapy
- Nutrition instruction
- Information, education, and referral to community resources
Our program is designed to be a resource for both parents and pediatricians who serve as the primary care physician for children with Down syndrome.
To learn more about how children with Down syndrome thrive under La Rabida’s innovative care, read Corina’s story.
For more information or to make a referral, contact La Rabida at 773.753.8626 or 8627