Programs

EMPOWERMENT CLASSES

Music Therapy

AGES 3 - 6 YEARS
Tuesdays | June 9th - July 14th
6:15 PM - 7:00 PM
DSAGC Community Room
$20 FEE for 6 CLASSES
Music therapy provides a unique range of music-based experiences tailored to meet the needs of each individual.  These are designed in a purposeful and developmentally appropriate manner to produce positive changes in a child's behavior and facilitate growth in communication, social/emotional, sensory-motor, and/or cognitive skills. Music therapists work with a wide variety of client populations.  Essentially, a music therapist is using music and music-based strategies to address non-musical goals.  ONE sibling is welcome to attend this class.
*This class has a maximum capacity of 16 children (including one sibling per family).  Therefore, if there are more than 8 registrations, we will have a lottery draw and you will be contacted prior to the start of the class.  Registration closes two weeks prior to the class start date.  We will notify you as soon as possible about the outcome of the lottery draw.  
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Group Story Time

AGES 4 - 7 YEARS
Saturdays | June 13th - July 25th
10 AM - 11 AM
DSAGC COMMUNITY ROOM
$20 FEE for 6 CLASSES
Being part of a group is very important for your child to be naturally motivated to enhance social, communicative interactions.  The main focus of these classes is to be a part of a group.  It is designed to begin with circle time (song, greetings, book), then motor activity (obstacle course, parachute) and finally a craft (based on the book theme with a focus on sharing).  
*This class has a maximum capacity of 8 children.  Therefore, if there are more than 8 registrations, we will have a lottery draw and you will be contacted prior to the start of the class.  Registration closes two weeks prior to the class start date.  We will notify you as soon as possible about the outcome of the lottery draw.  ​  
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Cheerleading - CLASS FULL

AGES 7 - 13 YEARS
Tuesdays | April 7 - May 5
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
DSAGC COMMUNITY ROOM
$20 FEE FOR 5 CLASSES
Join Debbie Schroeder (former Ben-Gal Cheerleader) to learn chants, cheers, a dance routine, sideline etiquette and much more!  Every cheerleader will receive their own pom-poms!

Melodic Connections - CLASS FULL

AGES 6 - 13 YEARS
Wednesdays | April 15 - May 20
5 PM - 6 PM
Melodic Connections, 4527 Reading Road CIncinnati, OH 
$20 FEE for 6 CLASSES
Let your child experience a therapeutic, musical activity as they engage in adapted guitar or piano lessons.  Lessons are taught at the student's level and adaptations are made based on the individual.

Physical Therapy - CLASS FULL

AGES 4 MO - 5 YEARS
Thursdays | April 16 - May 21
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
ABC Pediatric, 4325 Red Bank Road Cincinnati, OH
$20 FEE for 6 CLASSES
Movement is the foundation for higher learning. Pediatric physical therapists work to enhance overall strength and mobility. The efficiency of a child's strength and mobility allows a child to maximize their independence. Gross motor skills such as rolling, sitting, crawling, standing, walking, running, jumping, climbing, skipping, bike riding and ball skills are the foundation of gross motor development.  Each class builds on the previous one, so you don’t want to miss out!​

Move N' Groove - CLASS FULL

AGES 18 & UP
Sundays | April 12 - May 17
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
DSAGC COMMUNITY ROOM
$20 FEE for 6 CLASSES
This class will expose adults to dancing.  Each week, they will learn about a different style of dance, including ballet, jazz, salsa and hip-hop.

Previous Classes
Sign Language, Dramakinetics, Kitchen Skills 
Future Classes - Stay Tuned!
Speech Therapy, Sit 2 Fit, Dance Class, Art Class, Employment Series

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SIGNATURE EVENTS

Independent Living Retreat 

AGES 18 & UP
June 5th - June 7th
​Xavier University
Spend the weekend with DSAGC staff and volunteers at Xavier University's apartment style dorms! We’ll learn independent living skills such as communication (both verbal and non-verbal), appropriate relationships, money management, social engagement, community service, cooking and more!  
Learn more and register

iCan Bike Camp

AGES 8 - 21 YEARS
July 20th - July 24th
Mount Saint Joseph University
The goal of iCan Bike is to teach individuals with disabilities to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle and become lifelong independent riders. This achievement, in turn, creates a gateway of opportunity, helping them gain assurance and self-reliance in many other aspects of their lives.
Learn more and register

Summer Tutoring

GRADES K - 8th
Session 1 • June 16 - July 16
Session 2 • July 28 - Aug 13

* Tutoring is only held on Tuesdays & Thursdays
The DSAGC is initiating a summer enrichment program to offer expanded learning time for children with Down syndrome led by high quality certified special education instructors with a ratio of one teacher and one assistant per four students. The teachers will address the two areas of greatest learning loss: math and reading.
Learn more and register

 

FAMILY SOCIALS

School Age Matters Sky Zone

AGES 6 - 14 YEARS
Saturday, May 2nd
Noon - 1 pm
11745 Commons Drive Springdale, OH 45246
Join us for a fun day at Sky Zone, which is located near Tri County Mall.  It will be a lively, bouncy day out for families full of laughs, exercise and new friendships.  We plan to jump for an hour or, if you'd like to stay longer, that is up to you and your family - the price increases with the amount of time you choose.
Let us know you are coming

Previous Family Socials
Winter Dance, Reel Abilities Film Festival, Adult Matters Movie Night, Early Matters Spring Social
Future Family Socials - Stay Tuned!
Summer Picnic, Early Matters Ice Cream Social, Harvest Party, Holiday Party

 

PARENT WORKSHOPS

Waivers & Resources Workshop

Saturday | April 25
OHIO 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
KENTUCKY 10:45 AM - NOON
DSAGC COMMUNITY ROOM

Gain valuable knowledge about Medicaid waivers in your state!  Information on presenters will be announced soon!  
Register here

Meet N' Greet School Age Matters Coordinator

Parents and children born in 2006-2010
Monday | June 8
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
DSAGC COMMUNITY ROOM

Come meet our School Age Matters Coordinator, Joanie Elfers and learn about all the resources she has to offer!  RSVP to Joanie@dsagc.com if you are able to attend.

Previous Parent Workshops
Health Awareness Day
Future Parent Workshops - Stay Tuned!
Employment Series, Family Resource Conference 

 

COMMUNITY GROUP EVENTS

Butler/Warren Community Group - Behavior Support Strategies

Tuesday | April 21
6:30 PM–7:30 PM
Cincinnati Children's Hospital - Liberty Campus

7777 Yankee Rd, West Chester Township, Butler County, Ohio 45044
Room #: ED A1.603 (Enter in the Emergency Room door)
Veteran speakers Cara Brown and Cindy Wehrle will come talk about the topic of BEHAVIOR concerns for children with Down syndrome. Cara is Board Certified Behavior Analyst at her company, Behavioral Intervention and Consulting. Cindy Wehrle is a Educational Assistant. The title of their presentation is Behavior Support Strategies for Home and School.  RSVP to ButlerWarren@dsagc.com.