Youth

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.

  • Dating, Relationships & Puberty Conference with Author and National Speaker, Terri Couwenhoven
    Fri, April 24, 2015

    Friday, April 24, 2015 (Cafeteria)
    Saturday, April 25, 2015 (Family Center Building - Upper Lounge)
    St. Monica Catholic Church
    9933 Midway Road
    Dallas, TX 75220
    Space is limited, and attendees must RSVP to Jennifer Ford at jennifer@downsyndromedallas.org or (214) 267-1374. Please include your name and your son or daughter's name and age at the time of RSVP.

    Issues and Concerns During Puberty Workshops
    Designed for pre-adolescents (usually ages 10-14), this program helps students who experience cognitive disabilities learn about how their bodies will grow and change during puberty and how to manage these changes. Parents and preadolescents learn together in comfortable, safe, and fun environment. Concrete, interactive methods are used to improve comprehension. Parent/daughter workshop and parent/son workshops are presented separately.
    Friday, April 24, 2015, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm (Parents ONLY)
    Saturday, April 25 2015, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (Parent & Son)
    Saturday, April 25, 2015, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Parent & Daughter)


    Dating 101- This 2 hour workshop is designed as an introduction to dating and starting a sweetheart relationship for teens and young adults with cognitive disabilities who are interested in or have had some experience dating. Participants will learn dating basics as well as how to evaluate whether a dating relationship is healthy or unhealthy.
    Saturday, April 25, 2015, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm (Teen & Adult Self Advocates)

    *Terri Couwenhoven is a well known sex educator and author of 3 books including: Teaching Children with Down Syndrome About Their Bodies, Boundaries, and Sexuality: A Guide for Parents and Professional; A Girls’ Guide to Growing Up: Choices and Changes in the Tween Years; and A Boys’ Guide to Growing Up: Choices & Changes During Puberty. Terri specializes in the design and implementation of sexuality programs and resources for people with cognitive disabilities, their parents, and the professionals who support them.