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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.

  • Little Gym Play Date for New Parents of Children Ages Birth - 4 Years Old
    Sat, January 10, 2015

    Session 1: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
    Session 2: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    Session 3: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    The Little Gym
    11909 Preston Road #1442
    Dallas, TX 75230

    New parents of children with Down syndrome ages birth to 4 years old are invited to play and learn at The Little Gym. Visit with old friends and make new friends while playing games and enjoying music and fun activities. Our group will have the whole place to ourselves while trained instructors lead all the fun. RSVP is limited to one parent and one child with Down syndrome (due to space constraints, siblings are not included) and reservations are on a first come- first serve basis. Reserve your space now by e-mailing Cara Prentice at cara@downsyndromedallas.org or call (214) 267-1374 ext. 3. RSVP no later than Friday, January 2, 2015. Please be sure to indicate the time slot you wish to attend and the name and age of your child.


  • Mommy and Me
    Tue, January 13, 2015

    Tuesdays, January 13 - May 5, 2015
    11:30 am - 1:00 pm
    Jewish Community Center
    7900 Northaven Road
    Dallas, TX 75230

    The Down Syndrome Guild invites moms of children with Down syndrome ages 3 months to 3 years old to this fun learning experience. The class will be taught by Cynthia Casper. Cynthia is a master teacher with a degree in Early Childhood Education who has over 20 years experience teaching preschool children. Mornings will include music, art, free play, movement activities, informal parenting discussions, as well as joining together with other children for an outdoor playground experience.

    There is no fee for Down Syndrome Guild members; however, space is limited. Reserve your space today by contacting Victoria Smith at (214) 267-1374 or victoria@downsyndromedallas.org.


  • Dinner and Discover for New Parents with Children Ages 0-4 Years Old
    Thu, February 5, 2015

    Dinner 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    Meeting 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Arapaho United Methodist Church
    1400 W. Arapaho Road
    Richardson, TX 75080
    (Please use east entrance)

    Erin Bernett, owner and director of Monkey Mouths Pediatric Speech Therapy group will lead a discussion on all things speech related. Erin has over 17 years of experience helping children meet their communication potential. Prior to establishing Monkey Mouths, Erin practiced with both Cook Children's Medical Center and Our Children's House Baylor. Erin also developed the Sound Card System (SCS) from years of observations that her patients were visual learners, and responded much quicker when they could see and feel sounds rather than just hearing them. Her expertise is sure to provide an enlightening evening for parents and caregivers.

    Join other new parents (with children ages 0-4 with Down syndrome) as we gather information, meet new friends, and find resources, all while we enjoy dinner and a topical speaker. Dinner for parents and child care provided (please make us aware of any special dietary restrictions at the time of reservation). Brown bag dinner for children in child care provided upon request. RSVP to Cara Prentice at cara@downsyndromedallas.org or (214) 267-1374 ext. 3 no later than January 30, 2015. When making a reservation, please include the number of children needing childcare, their names, ages, and if they will need dinner provided.



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 Neely Holland at (214) 267-1374 or e-mail neely@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