Welcome to our official DSAGT blog! As we embarked on the fall season last year, our Board Program Committee recognized the need to ensure that we are sharing information with our families through as many communication means as possible. Sometimes, that means hosting an event or seminar. Other times, updates warrant an email or Facebook post. And there is always the good, old-fashioned newsletter that we plan to mail out to all of the contacts in our database two times in 2016. But, we want to strive for more. This blog will allow us to do just that: customize information just for you, and share it directly - and quickly - with those who most support the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Toledo. We want you to have access to as much information, resources, and personal point-of-view experiences as possible.
We don't want to miss the chance to share a preview of all the exciting programs and events that are in progress for this year! Some highlights include:
Smart Start - Entering its second year, we are excited that this program will be enhanced even more, to ensure you are properly equipped for your child to enter kindergarten! All participating attendees will receive:
-A binder to store their session handouts in, and it can also serve as your personal handbook to support you through the early school years.
-One helpful resource to take home at the end of EACH session.
-During the session, a meal will also be provided and child care available
-Families that attend ALL four Smart Start sessions will receive a gift card!
The Learning Program - This fall, we will be launching The Learning Program here in Northwest Ohio! The Learning Program™ was created by the Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County (DSFOC) to bridge the gap between research and practice. Although researchers continue to discover more about how children with Down syndrome learn, this insight has been slow to translate in an applicable manner to parents and teachers. The program focuses on supporting parents as first-teachers for their children, bringing the outcomes of research into practice. The Learning Program™ is designed to supplement (not replace) traditional education, with the goal of strengthening the educational potential for children with Down syndrome.
Transitions Mini Conference - We will host a small conference this year, where multiple speakers will provide information on an array on topics that affect your loved ones' transition years. More to come!
Thank you for following us as we continue to work hard to serve you and your family!