11th Annual Buddy Walk®
Mission Statement and Service Area
We exist to provide support and assistance to all people with Down syndrome and their families. We do this by providing family services, community awareness and educational programs. Our vision is for individuals with Down syndrome to be fully included as valued members of society, so they can each reach their personal dreams.
The Down Syndrome Foundation of Southeastern New Mexico is committed to provide support and education to all individuals with Down syndrome and their families. We service nine counties: Chaves, Eddy, Lea, Roosevelt, De Baca, Curry, Lincoln, Otero, & Dona Ana.
We are always happy to help individuals outside of our service area. For more information, please contact us!
“BEHAVIOR IS COMMUNICATION,”
said Lina Patel, Psy.D., Director of
Psychology at the Anna and John J. Sie
Center for Down Syndrome, a Global
Down Syndrome Foundation affiliate.
“The job of parents, caregivers, and medical
professionals is to put on our detective
hats and try to understand what’s being
communicated rather than seeing the
behavior as a conscious choice to make
things more difficult for others.”
Dr. Patel works with children of all ages
who have Down syndrome to understand and modify a variety of behaviors.
In toddlers, she commonly encounters tantrums, difficulty with potty training, and object throwing. Among school-age children, she’s more likely to see children who have issues with following directions, meeting academic expectations, and learning proper social behaviors. Teenagers she sees face typical struggles with puberty and self-definition. “Adolescence and young adulthood bring a whole string of challenges that are not unique to individuals with Down syndrome, in my opinion,” she said. “However, they may be more pronounced because of difficulties processing these changes.” Dr. Patel said there are three common behaviors she sees in many of her young patients, regardless of age.
Patel, Lina. "Decoding Behavior." Down Syndrome World™. Summer 2015.