Down Syndrome Nutrition Handbook

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The Down Syndrome Nutrition Handbook:
A Guide to Promoting Healthy Lifestyles


by Joan E. Guthrie Medlen, R.D., L.D.
Forward by Timothy P. Shriver, Ph.D


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ISBN-10: 0-9786118-0-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-978-6118-0-4

The Down Syndrome Nutrition Handbook has something to offer to everyone. The medical information regarding people with Down syndrome is helpful to parents and professionals who want to know more about recommendations for specific conditions such as diabetes and celiac disease as well as basic nutrition and physiology. This latest printing includes updated resources and information to reflect the most up-to-date information.

The other chapters are easily applied to babies, children, teens and adults with and without disabilities to promote healthy lifestyles. Joan uses universal design and visual strategies to reach people who may struggle with reading focus on learning how to be healthy.

Joan shares nutrition education strategies that are sound, right on target, and include a wealth of information for promoting healthful living for everyone. The activities in the book continue to use the Food Guide Pyramid, rather than the new My Pyramid format. The new My Pyramid format is difficult to use in a visual format. Joan believes it is important to provide understandable, useable tools for families of and people with Down syndrome that are carefully designed for people of all ages and stages. New activities are currently being designed and tested.

The author, the mother of a teenager with Down syndrome, autism, celiac disease, and who is nonverbal, blends best practices for education, communication, nutrition, and support strategies into every aspect of living a healthful life.

  • Promoting a positive environment for meal time
  • Using choices early in life to teach children they are in control of their eating.
  • Using pictures and symbols to help children communicate complicated choices before they have the words to share them.
  • Using positive behavior support techniques in shaping healthful behaviors
  • Providing effective educational strategies to teach people with disabilities the concepts they need to make an informed choice at all ages and stages.
  • Providing activities that incorporate visual strategies for improved understanding.


What people are saying about The Down Syndrome Nutriton Handbook:


"I think the beauty of this book is its usefulness over time. That is, the information serves as a reference throughout your child's life. The author, Joan Guthrie Medlen, a dietitian and parent of a teenager with Down syndrome, anticipates the questions that parents and teachers have and supplies resources and answers that are not overly technical. She sets very "humane" goals, unlike some of the dreary dietary regimens we often inflict on ourselves.

The Down Syndrome Nutrition Handbook is a virtual goldmine for teachers. A close friend who is a teacher noted that this book far outshines the "state standards" that are supposed to dictate and shape curriculum development in our state. In this book, Medlen has compiled a wealth of classroom activities that can be adapted for use with a wide range of age and skill levels."

Susan Corse-Adams, mother of two children, one of whom has Down syndrome


"Many books will are written to tell you what needs to be done in the feeding relationship between a parent and child. In The Down Syndrome Nutrition Handbook, Joan Guthrie Medlen shares how it can be done. She writes the information in a way that sets up the learning environment for fun and active learning for the child or teen and provides the step-by-step, how-to lesson plans for parents, educators, and other professionals. This book is more than a handbook for me, it is a workbook and I have used it again and again. It is well worth the money!"

Cheryl Alto, R.D., L.D., owner of Heart in Hand


“…for years I listened to our pediatrician say that Stephen needed to lose weight to be healthy, but I never had the tools to make it happen. The Down Syndrome Nutrition Handbook has the tools I need to help do that. I love the use of visual charts that many kids and young adults with Down syndrome can use and understand. Families spend a lot of time making future plans such as trusts, wills, housing etc. Rarely do we stop to think that teaching good eating habits NOW are planning for the future.”

Jamie Todd, mother of three boys,
one of whom is a teenager with Down Syndrome


“This handbook is an excellent resource…for educators, it is especially helpful in implementing nutrition and health education in the curriculum. This book fills a gap in the literature about persons with Down syndrome.”

Betty Lucas, M.P.H., R.D., C.D. and Sharon Feucht, M.A., R.D., C.D., Nutritionists, Center on Disability, University of Washington