Re: I have a 26 year old daughter with downs.
So it sounds like there is this sudden change in behavior, and you really sense a lot of negativity. It sounds like something has really influenced her.
This is how I would approach the change if I observed it in one of my associates.
It sounds like communicaiton is difficult right now, but keep asking how she is. Can you understand what little she is saying? Work with that. That is where the hints are. Really show her you're there for them, patiently. In my experience with helping people with Down, on the spot questions can be hard for them to answer. But down the line they will be compelled to say something when it just 'hits them' in an environment they feel comfortable to say what they feel. I am always compelled to learn more... so I'll ask outright questions but I know they are like seeds. They need to rest beneath the surface for a while before really showing itself. And I'm not saying time is needed because they're 'dumb' either. But deep self expression from people with Down always comes out of the blue in my experience, after posing a question, and providing them with an innovative and comforting environment until they have that moment of expressive lucidity.