Comprehensive Down Syndrome Program

The Comprehensive Down Syndrome Program (CDSP) is a collaborative effort between Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and the Connecticut Down Syndrome Congress, a statewide organization that raises awareness of and support for people with Down syndrome and their caregivers.

Global statistics indicate that approximately one in every 700 babies is born with Down syndrome (Trisomy 21), a chromosomal condition caused when some or all of a person’s cells have an extra full or partial copy of chromosome 21. In Connecticut, an estimated 40 to 50 children are born with Down syndrome each year. Children with Down syndrome have an increased risk for medical conditions including congenital heart defects, respiratory and hearing problems, Alzheimer’s disease, childhood leukemia, and thyroid conditions.

The Comprehensive Down Syndrome Program is designed to meet the growing need for integrated, coordinated and continuous care for children with Down syndrome. The program is a centralized resource for Connecticut Children’s subspecialists and pediatricians, primary care physicians and family doctors from across the state to help care for infants, children and adolescents with Down syndrome.

The program serves children of all ages, from infancy to 18 years old, and offers patients an integrated system of services that include:

  • Consultative evaluation
  • Care coordination
  • Referrals to Connecticut Children’s subspecialists
  • Support services for children with Down syndrome, their families and caregivers
  • Transitional assistance to provide continuity of care as patients reach adulthood

The Comprehensive Down Syndrome Program works in partnership with a child’s pediatrician and/or family doctor to integrate all aspects of a child’s developmental needs, including:

  • Medical
  • Emotional
  • Behavioral
  • Educational
  • Psycho-social