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In an effort to better support the mission statement of the Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas ("DSG"), which is "to provide accurate and current information, resources and support for people with Down syndrome, their families and the community," all social programming events sponsored by the DSG will be offered to people with Down syndrome and their families. Social event attendees must be active members of the DSG and have a diagnosis of Down syndrome.

  • Instructor-Led Playgroup for Ages 0-4
    Mon, September 12, 2016

    Mondays, September 12 - December 12, 2016
    9:00 am - 10:00 am
    Eagle's Wings Athletic Center
    104 N Greenville Ave.
    Allen, TX 75002

    Join other families with children ages 0-4 with Down syndrome for an instructor-led playgroup that aims to promote motor and social skills.  Siblings of any age are also welcome to attend.  The class will be taught by Wendy McLean, PT, C/NDT.  Wendy graduated from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center physical therapy program and has completed 227 hours of advanced holistic pediatric clinical training to earn her certification as a Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) therapist.  Wendy has extensive experience helping children and adults with developmental and neurological challenges through early childhood intervention programs, schools, and outpatient clinic setting.  She is a certified clinical instructor for PT students through the American Physical Therapy Association and has also been trained in the use of Adaptive Yoga, Emotional Regulation Techniques, and Infant Massage.

    Participants must RSVP to Samantha Escherich at samantha@downsyndromedallas.org or (214) 267-1374 with parent name, child with Down syndrome name and age, and sibling name and age.

  • New Parent Meeting for Families with Children Ages 0-2 Years Old
    Sun, September 18, 2016

    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas
    1702 N. Collins Blvd., Suite 170
    Richardson, TX 75080

    Families with children ages 0-2 with Down syndrome are invited to join us as we gather information, meet new friends, and share resources.  Moms and dads of older children will share their personal experiences and be available to answer common questions and concerns.  Light snacks and childcare will be provided.  Childcare space is limited and families must RSVP to Samantha Escherich at samantha@downsyndromedallas.org or (214) 267-1374 no later than Wednesday, September 14, 2016. When making a reservation, please include the number of children needing childcare, their names, ages, dietary restrictions, and any additional information you think would be helpful to our childcare workers.


Congratulations!

The birth of your new baby is a time for celebration and the feeling of joy. Your baby may not be as you have imagined, but rest assured that your baby is more like other babies than unlike. We have been where you are. You may be feeling afraid and uncertain, which is perfectly normal. Most parents experience this when they hear their child has Down syndrome. Take a deep breath and relax. Now is the time for you to get to know your baby and love each other.

We understand that with the birth or expectance of your child with Down syndrome, you may have a whole new world of questions - ones that can be confusing and filled with deep feelings at first. You are not alone. Through information and support, the Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas will help you gain an understanding of your feelings, of your baby's needs, and of the love your baby has to offer.

Down syndrome is the most common chromosomal anomaly. Your child has had Down syndrome since conception, nothing you did or didn't do, before or during your pregnancy, caused this. As a family support organization, we offer an abundance of relevant information about Down syndrome to help you to make informed decisions regarding your child. Please take your time in searching through our website, getting acquainted with our families and becoming more familiar with the links on Down syndrome. It is important to caution our new parents to be sure that the information you access is up to date and relevant to individuals needs today. We are here to answer any questions you may have. If during your research you find any questionable information or are uncertain or unclear about any topic, we will be more than happy to help get you the answers you need to clarify your questions.

Accept no limitations! The future is bright. The first generation of children with Down syndrome who have benefited from early intervention and inclusive environments are opening new doors. People with Down syndrome are leading meaningful and productive lives. They are now graduating from school, attending college, and having fulfilling careers and relationships.

The Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas has trained parent-to-parent counselors, each of whom has a child with Down syndrome. We are happy to talk to you. If you are interested in talking to another parent, please contact Jennifer Ford at (214) 267-1374 or e-mail jennifer@downsyndromedallas.org.

Wherever you find yourself at this moment, please know that we care, and we will try to meet your needs for information and support at this time. The best thing you can do right now is love, nurture and bond with your baby like you would any other baby. Congratulations, you are about to embark on amazing journey!

Warmest Regards,

Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas Parent to Parent Support Committee