Barriers exist between health and developmental professionals with respect to collaboration and understanding each other's framework. We present guidelines that target those health problems that impact most on development in children with Down syndrome. In addition, we discuss ways of facilitating a partnership between families, health care professionals, and early intervention specialists. By systematically monitoring health and development and creating a partnership that facilitates family supports, long-term outcome in children with Down syndrome can be optimized.
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