2021 North Carolina Down Syndrome Conference
Saturday, November 13th
Registration ends November 10th
Brian Chicoine, MD & Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L
The Groove in Individuals with Down Syndrome
The groove is a common characteristic seen in individuals with Down syndrome of all ages. The groove is a preference for sameness, repetition, or routine. Drs. Chicoine and Frank will describe advantages and disadvantages of the groove, strategies to address problematic grooves, and methods to establish new grooves.
Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L
Dr. Frank has worked as an occupational therapist at the Adult Down Syndrome Center since 2016 and in the field of occupational therapy since 2001. She earned her undergraduate degree in occupational therapy from St. Louis University and her master’s degree from University of Indianapolis. She earned her PhD in Disability Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Frank’s experience includes treatment and evaluation as well as conducting trainings and leading groups. In addition, she presents locally and nationally, does research, and shares her work in peer-reviewed journals.
Brian Chicoine, MD
Dr. Chicoine is the Medical Director and Co-Founder of the Adult Down Syndrome Center, which has served and documented the health and psychosocial needs of over 6000 adolescents and adults with Down syndrome since its inception in 1992. He is on the faculty of Family Medicine at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Dr. Chicoine graduated from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and completed his Family Medicine residency at Lutheran General Hospital. Dr. Chicoine has provided medical care for adults with intellectual disabilities for over 30 years and has presented and written extensively on caring for adults with Down syndrome.