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La Crosse Skotko Parent Session: Brain Train

  • Gundersen Health System 1900 South Avenue La Crosse, WI, 54601 United States (map)

Skotko Parent Session: Brain Train

Presented by Dr. Brian Skotko, MD, MPP

Please join the Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin and our partners as we host Parent Sessions with Dr. Skotko around the state! Our La Crosse Parent Session will be all about how to train the brain. This parent session is FREE!

WHEN: Thursday, July 25th, 2pm-3pm

WHERE: Gundersen Health System - session will be held in the Rasmus Center (1900 South Ave, La Crosse, WI 54601)

About the Session:

Two of the most common, yet challenging, questions that Dr. Skotko is asked by caregivers: (1) How might you prevent Alzheimer’s disease in people with Down syndrome? (2) How might we boost their cognition? While exciting research is unfolding in laboratories across the world, there are strategies that caregivers can take right now in respect to these two questions. In this presentation, Dr. Skotko reveals his recommendations, which must meet all of the following criteria: (a) supported, in part, by quality science, (b) have practical applications for home, (c) be adaptable to people with Down syndrome, and (d) pose no risk to people with Down syndrome. This is not a presentation on how best to educate people with Down syndrome. This is not a presentation about supplements or nutraceuticals. Instead, Dr. Skotko provides a set of actions that caregivers can take that might improve the long-term wellness for their loved one with Down syndrome. Attendees will come away with immediate steps that can be implemented in their homes.

Brian Skotko, M.D., M.P.P. is a Board-certified medical geneticist and the Emma Campbell Endowed Chair on Down Syndrome at Massachusetts General Hospital.  As the Director of the hospital’s Down Syndrome Program, he has dedicated his professional energies toward children with cognitive and development disabilities. He co-authored the national award-winning books, Common Threads: Celebrating Life with Down Syndrome and Fasten Your Seatbelt: A Crash Course on Down Syndrome for Brothers and Sisters. He is a graduate of Duke University, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard Kennedy School, and he is currently an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Skotko is  a leader on clinical and translational research about Down syndrome. He has been featured in The Wall Street JournalThe New York TimesThe Washington PostThe L.A. Times, NPR’s “On Point,” and ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Dr. Skotko has a sister with Down syndrome and serves on the Honorary Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress.

Register by Tuesday, July 23rd.