Santi Rogers - New DDS Director
BROWN ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES SANTI ROGERS AS NEW DIRECTOR OF DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES
- Rogers Currently Director of San Andreas Regional Center – Has Long Experience In Previous State Service Dealing With Developmental Services
- Will Replace Terri Delgadillo Who Retired December 24th
- Brown Administration Also Announced Appointment of John Doyle As DDS Chief Deputy Director
SACRAMENTO, CA (CDCAN) [Last updated – 01/14/2014] – The Brown Administration announced today the appointment of Santi Rogers, currently the head of the San Andreas Regional Center in San Jose, as the new director of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS).
The appointment – given the loss to retirement of nearly all of the key department senior staffers over the past several years - was greeted by praise by many policymakers and advocates given his long and varied experience with developmental services. Some advocates and policymakers say that expertise will be critically needed in the coming months and years as the population and needs of people with developmental disabilities continues to rise as resources and funding become increasingly tighter.
Celiac Disease In Children With Down Syndrome
Celiac disease is caused by damage to the lining of the small bowel after exposure to gluten, a type of protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Oats may also be involved because they are contaminated with grains containing gluten during the milling process. In children with celiac disease, the small bowel is not able to perform one of its most important functions, which is absorption of important nutrients, minerals and water.
Children with celiac disease often present with many different symptoms. Most of the symptoms are due to poor absorption of nutrients from the small intestine. Children will present with diarrhea, vomiting, constipation and poor weight gain. If the condition is left untreated for several months it can lead to deficiency of important minerals and vitamins which cause anemia, malnutrition, loss of muscle mass, and ultimately affect the overall growth of the child resulting in short stature. Untreated celiac disease is also linked to intestinal cancer (lymphoma). This is rare and it appears only later in adult life. The presentation of the condition ranges from mild to severe and in some children it may remain silent.
The incidence of celiac disease in children with DS ranges from 10% to 16%. One reason children with Down syndrome have this disease is because of increased susceptibility to autoimmune diseases. In children with Down syndrome who are genetically predisposed to celiac disease, exposure to gluten causes an immunologic reaction in the lining of the small bowel resulting in flattening and thinning of the normal hair like projections (villi) of the lining. This is the part of the intestine which is the absorptive surface of the small bowel.
A biopsy of the small intestine is the best way to diagnose celiac disease. Because a biopsy is not easy to do and may be expensive, a blood test has been developed to screen for celiac disease.
The blood test looks for IGA antibodies to the enzyme transglutaminase. This test is very sensitive and specific and it has become valuable to identify children who do not have symptoms of the disease. However in patients with IGA deficiency, the results will be unreliable and we may need to look at IGG antibodies to the enzyme transglutaminase. This test is not very sensitive and specific. New testing protocols are underway. Changes in the biopsy and blood test will only be seen if the child has been on a diet containing gluten. Testing for celiac disease should only be done after gluten containing foods have been added to the diet.
Celiac disease is treated by eliminating products containing gluten from the child's diet. Because gluten is present in many commonly eaten foods, it is very difficult and also expensive to consume a gluten-free diet. Products containing wheat, barley and rye, and some sources also recommend oats, must be removed from the diet. Some of the products which can be consumed freely are corn, potatoes, lentils, peas, milk, and eggs. Working with a dietician is extremely valuable in managing this disease.
New Resource Encourages Parents
The PERSEVERING PARENT website has launched and the book is available now for pre-order.
PERSEVERING PARENT has made its web debut and the book is soon to follow! This resource goes beyond information – it is a unique ministry that offers real hope by pointing parents to spiritual truth and encouragement as they raise a child struggling with a disorder such as ADHD, autism, anxiety, depression, bipolar and more.
The author, Karen Crum, has a doctoral degree in Public Health and Preventive Care. She holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Health Science with an emphasis in health psychology, and is a Certified Health Education Specialist and a Registered Dietician.
Dr. Crum currently focuses her work on promoting the health and well-being of children with autism and mental illness. She has developed and presented programs to support special-needs children, and currently is focusing on educating and supporting parents in their job of caring for children with social, emotional or behavior challenges.
Dr. Crum is an educational and inspirational speaker with many years of experience working with children and their families.
Click here www.perseveringparent.com to view the website, complete with a blog and reviews on the book to be released in January 2014. The book is designed both for individuals and for use in support groups.