Important cautions and considerations for students with 22q11.2DS
Adapted from Table III in Practical Guidelines for Managing Patients with 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome by Bassett et al.
Sensitivity to caffeine
- Reduce caffeine intake, especially cola, “energy” drinks, and coffee, considered as a contributory factor to anxiety and/or agitation and/or tremor
Delays common in all aspects of structural and functional development
Anticipating a slower trajectory and changing capabilities over time, with necessary supports provided, can help reduce frustrations and maximize function.
A good match between the expectations and demands of the environment and the social and cognitive capabilities of the individual will minimize the risk of chronic stress and of exploitation.
Increased need for sleep
- Regular, early bedtime and more hours of sleep than other same-aged individuals can help reduce irritability and improve learning and functioning.
Increased need for structure, routine, certainty, sameness
- Environmental adjustments to improve stability and limit changes can help reduce anxiety and frustration.