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To request a printed copy of this guide, please contact Samantha Eschersich at 214.267.1374 or samantha@
downsyndromedallas.org.


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New & Expectant Parents (0-4 Years)

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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

New & Expectant Parents Calendar of Events

  • Music Together Class for Children with Down syndrome Ages 0-4
    Fri, January 11, 201910:30 AM - 11:15 AM

    Fridays, January 11 - March 22, 2019
    No class on March 15
    7517 Campbell Road, Suite 400
    Dallas, TX 75248
    NW Corner of Campbell and Coit
    $25 per child with Down syndrome

    Music Together is an early childhood music and movement program for children and the grownups who love them! First offered in 1987, their music classes help little ones develop their innate musicality—and much, much more. DSG members will get together for their own class to build relationships with other parents and grow their community!

    Space is limited and registration is required. Registration closes Friday, January 4, 2019. Have questions? Please contact Samantha Escherich at 214.267.1374 or samantha@downsyndromedallas.org. 

                                                                                                                                         

  • New and Expectant Parent Meeting for Ages 0-2
    Sun, January 27, 20192:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas
    1702 N. Collins Blvd. Suite 170
    Richardson, TX 75080

    Join other new parents (with children ages 0-2 with Down syndrome) as we gather information, meet new friends, and share resources. Our panel of “experts” will share their personal experiences on the joys and challenges often associated with raising a child with Down syndrome. There will be ample time for Q&A as well as opportunities to connect with other families. Light snacks and childcare will be provided.

    Childcare space is limited and registration is required. Registration closes Wednesday, January 23, 2019. Have questions? Please contact Samantha Escherich at 214.267.1374 or samantha@downsyndromedallas.org.