Just three decades ago, the life expectancy of someone with Down syndrome was just 25 years of age. Since then, advances in medical awareness and technology have more than doubled that lifespan. Yet, there is still much to be done in identifying and treating the medical conditions prevalent in children with Down syndrome. Early screening and intervention hold the keys to continued progress.
With this in mind, the Down Syndrome Association of Orange County formed an alliance with CHOC Children’s in 2009 to establish a state-of-the-art pediatric clinic focused on children and adolescents with Down syndrome.
The CHOC Children’s Down Syndrome Program is an outpatient clinic designed to provide coordinated and comprehensive care. The Program offers referrals to a team of pediatric specialists that assist parents with navigating the healthcare system, while educating referring physicians to best practices and the special needs of children with Down syndrome.
Why would you bring your child with Down syndrome to this clinic?
- For diagnosis and treatment of neurological conditions such as behavioral problems, autistic symptoms or seizures
- To assess the need for a specialty referral
- To be assured that your child is up-to-date with the current healthcare guidelines
What are the top health concerns drawing families to this clinic?
- To obtain a wellness opinion based on the current healthcare guidelines
- Problems in development and behavior
- Second opinion consultation
The Clinic Director is Ira T. Lott, MD, and the Clinic Physician is Anne Tournay, MD. The clinic’s Professional Coordinator is Eric Doran, MS and the Administrative Coordinator is Alicia Hernandez. The clinic is assisted by a CHOC Children’s Specialty Clinic Manager, Sarah L. Flores, MS, RN-BC, as well as a team of nurses, social workers and other staff from CHOC Children’s. Together the clinical team has over 50 years’ experience in providing care for individuals with Down syndrome.
For more information, you can download our CHOC'S Children's Clinic Flyer
CHOC Children’s Down Syndrome Program
Wednesdays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
CHOC Children’s Neuroscience Center
CHOC Commerce Tower
505 S. Main St., Suite 350
Orange, California 92868