Down's Syndrome Scotland - Learning Resources

People with Down’s Syndrome have the right to expect the same quality of healthcare as everyone else.

Having a learning disability can sometimes make it less likely that you will receive high quality healthcare at the earliest available opportunity.

People with Down’s Syndrome are more likely to develop certain types of health problems and it is very important that health and social care professionals are aware of what types of problems these are and how they may present.

This module will look at the following:

  • What is Down’s Syndrome?
  • Communication barriers and how to overcome them.
  • Specific health conditions associated with Down’s Syndrome

About this module

This module has been developed by NHS Lanarkshire in partnership with Down’s Syndrome Scotland with funding provided by the Scottish Government.

It’s aim is to improve knowledge of the health problems and communication difficulties experienced by people with Down’s Syndrome in those who provide their support, health or social care.

The module has five sections:

Section A: What is Down’s Syndrome

Section B: Communication

Section C: Physical Health

Section D: Mental Health

Section E: Capacity & Consent

Aim & Learning Outcomes

Aim: The aim of this module is to increase and improve your knowledge and understanding of the health conditions that are more common and the types of communication difficulties for people with Down's Syndrome may experience.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this module you should be able to:

  • Identify specific health issues that affect people with Down's Syndrome
  • Understand communication difficulties that people with Down's Syndrome may have and their impact on maintaining good health.