Case Preparation

Case Preparation

"Never judge someone by the way he looks or a book by the way it's covered;
For inside those tattered pages, there's a lot to be discovered"
— Stephen Cosgrove

“Every person is like all others, like some others, and like no others.”
 - Proverb cited in: Doka, K.J. & Tucci, A.S (Eds.) (2009). Living with Grief: Diversity and End-of-Life Care (p. 1). Washington, DC: Hospice Foundation of America.

Case Preparatory Work:  Genetic Counseling Mary, a Prenatal Client with Intellectual Disabilities

Thanks to Carrie Prochniak, Master’s candidate in Genetic Counseling at the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, for her work as a contributing author for this case.

Commentary by Brenda Finucane, MS, CGC, Executive Director, Elwyn Genetics, Elwyn, PA

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss how reproductive options, decision making or genetic testing may be influenced by the presence of mild intellectual disability in a genetic counseling client.

  2. Determine the relative importance of steps in the genetic counseling process when working with an adult with mild intellectual disability.

  3. Identify online and community resources that contribute to case preparatory work when providing genetic counseling to adults with mild intellectual disability.


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