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.

  • Social Skills Summer Camp for Youth Ages 8-12
    Mon, July 13, 2015

    Session 1: Monday - Friday, July 13-17, 2015 (FULL)
    Session 2: Monday - Friday, July 20-24, 2015 (FULL)
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    St. Monica Catholic Church
    9933 Midway Rd.
    Dallas, TX 75220

    The Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas is proud to support a summer camp that will challenge and enrich your child. The Social Skill Detective camp is designed to help facilitate age-appropriate social skills and daily living skills in a small group setting. Children will learn empathy, problem-solving, relationship building, turn-taking, how to work as a team and many other skills needed for everyday life, while incorporating gross and fine motor skills. Teachers target social skills appropriate for each child utilizing video modeling, role-playing, and hands on activities. Social Skills Detective Camp will give each child a chance to investigate and learn appropriate skills to engage with peers and build friendships. We can’t wait create to Social Skill Detectives.

    Camp Director, Yvette Pelikan is a graduate of Texas Tech University earning a degree in Human Development with a minor in Social Work. She holds a Masters degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in Social Work. Yvette is a Licensed Masters Social Worker and a Certified Special Ed. and General Ed. teacher. Yvette was a Behavior Resource Specialist for Carrollton Farmers Branch ISD for 3 years and then moved to Saint Louis, MO and was an Associate Behavior Analyst for the Special School District. As an Associate Behavior Analyst, Yvette supervised behavior therapists in her district, created goals and objectives for student IEP's, developed student programming, as well as provided consultation to teachers and parents. Yvette currently resides in Saint Louis, MO and works as a Behavioral Health Social Worker within the SSM Health Center Network. Yvette led our successful teen social skills classes 2 years ago and is thrilled to have the opportunity to teach our younger kids again for the 3rd year!

    There is no fee to attend the camp, but space is limited and participants must register by contacting Jennifer Ford at jennifer@downsyndromedallas.org or calling (214) 267-1374 no later than Tuesday, June 30, 2015. When registering, please include child’s name, age, and session preference (limited to one session per camper).