A couple of weeks ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a presentation by Dr. Dennis McGuire from the Adult Down Syndrome Center in Illinois. Dr. McGuire is the social worker at the center. He has twenty years of clinical experience in both the mental health and disability fields. This guy knows a lot of folks with Down syndrome!
I first became familiar with Dr. McGuire several years ago when I read his article "The Groove" .The article explained quite a bit about Kellen's behavior even though he isn't yet an adult. The groove can start very early!
" One of the most interesting and consistent findings from the Adult Down Syndrome Center is the discovery that people with DS need sameness,repetition and order in their lives. We call this tendency the “groove” because thoughts and actions of people tend to follow fairly well worn paths, or grooves ."
If this sounds like your family member, get thee to the website and download "The Groove" . Print it off and give it to your child's teachers or employers. They will better understand what they are dealing with. They will thank you.
Meanwhile your family member will still be groovin'. According to Dr. McGuire, when you have an extra 21st chromosome, it's "onboard equipment".