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2015 Conference Brochure



Special thanks to the Charles H. Phipps Family Foundation for their support of the 2015 Fall Conference.

Fall Conference


September 11-12, 2015
Collin College Spring Creek
Campus - Conference Center
2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy.
Plano, TX  75074

Online Registration Closed

2 Day Tracks
Early Years.....................$75
School Years..................$75

1 Day Tracks
Post School Years........$50
Self Advocate...............$15

(fees include lunch, refreshments, and handouts

*This program has been approved for 12 clock hours of continuing education credit by the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (TSHA).  TSHA approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.  Continuing education units also provided for social workers.  Certificate of attendance available for educators and professionals.


Conference Overview

Each year, the Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas’ annual conference brings together members of the community to learn from our collective accomplishments and the expertise of professionals. This conference serves as a platform to share research and evidence-based information from specialists in their respective fields, as it relates to Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities. You’ll experience first class presenters and hands on sessions full of information you can take back to your homes, businesses, and classrooms and use immediately including:
• Developing play & cognition
• Vocabulary & language
• Social development
• Number & math skills
• Speech clarity
• Accessing general education curriculum
• Teaching reading
• Encouraging Self-Advocacy
• Post-Secondary Education Initiative
• Successful Job Training Program

Who Should Attend?
Parents, educators, medical professionals, service providers, direct care staff, and advocates are all encouraged to attend. Our goal is to provide attendees with practical information and tools to help individuals with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities be independent and lead productive, fulfilling lives. Continuing Education Units provided for social workers and SLPs.  Certificates of Attendance provided for educators and professionals.

Resource Fair
The conference also provides a great opportunity to network with fellow participants and to shop the resource fair for products and information that will help support people with intellectual disabilities both at home and at school.

Meet the Presenters
Professor Sue Buckley OBE BA (Hons), CPsychol, CSci, AFBPsS is one of the world's leading researchers in the education and development of children with Down syndrome. Sue is a Chartered Psychologist with over 40 years of experience in the field of developmental disability. Her research in the early 1980s led to the founding of Down Syndrome Education International (DSE) where she currently works. Sue has travelled widely to speak at conferences and training events and is in high demand as a speaker. She has also published widely for families, practitioners, and researchers and played a leading role in stimulating growth in research into the education and development of children with Down syndrome worldwide. Sue has first-hand experience of many of the issues that affect families as the eldest of her three children, Roberta, has Down syndrome and was adopted into Sue's family when a baby. Read full bio.

Becky Baxter BSc (Hons), MSc, CertMRCSLT is a speech and language therapist who has had experience working with children who have a broad range of speech, language, and communication difficulties in a range of settings including homes, pre-schools, and schools. She specializes in Down syndrome and has worked with parents, professionals, and organizations supporting children with Down syndrome since 1999. In 2011, Becky set up LETS Go! UK, an independent practice providing specialist services for children with Down syndrome, and worked for DSEI full time for 4 years as part of the Services and Education team. Becky currently works as a consultant to DSEI providing training and consultancy to individuals and groups around the world and is also a DSE accredited Reading and Language Intervention (RLI) trainer. Read full bio.

Melinda Paninski with DARS, DJ Laskaris with Frisco ISD, Linda Emery with Project SEARCH, Addie White with SMU, Cindy Pierce from the Arc, Carmen Fernandez with the Notre Dame School of Dallas, and Samantha Escherich from the Down Syndrome Guild will also be presenting one day sessions for this year's Post School Years and Self Advocate tracks.

2 Day Track Agenda

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1 Day Track Agenda

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