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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.

  • Music Therapy for Families with Children Ages 0-7
    Wed, June 10, 2015

    Wednesdays, June 10 - July 1, 2015 (4 weeks)
    Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas
    1702 N. Collins Blvd. #170
    Richardson, TX 75080
    9:30 am - 10:00 am (Ages 0-1) FULL
    10:15 am - 11:15 am (Ages 2-4) FULL
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm (Ages 5-7)

    Come and make melodies and memories in Miss Paula’s Mommy and Me Music Therapy! Led by board certified music therapist, Paula Gregory, mothers and fathers will aide their children in participating in music therapy interventions. Participants will play various instruments, songs, and musical games. Goal areas addressed will include, but are not limited to; parent-child bonding, attention to task, social interaction, gross motor, and fine motor skills. All strategies will be adapted as needed for each child’s age and ability. Using music allows children to engage in developmentally appropriate materials while still addressing their individual needs. This year, the program is expanding to include parents and their children under a year of age in Miss Paula's Baby and Me Music Therapy. The therapist will guide parents in simple but engaging musical experiences that can later be used in the home during baby's first year. Come join the fun with Miss Paula in "Mommy and Me" and "Baby and Me" Music Therapy Sessions!

    Space is limited and participants must RSVP child's name and age to Jennifer Ford at jennifer@downsyndromedallas.org or (214) 267-1374 no later than Friday, May 29, 2015.



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