Classes & Socials

Mark your calendars - Spring Program Registration Opens March 1st at 7 PM.

Empowerment Series

Empowerment Series occur once a week for 3 – 5 weeks. The classes build upon each other and are designed to empower individuals with Down syndrome. Registration is required.  For most series, there is a one-time $20 fee to participate for the entire series. DSAGC families are welcome to use our Community Participation Fund to help cover the cost.

Parent/Child Yoga (ages 0 – 5)

Ages: 0 - 5
Dates: Sundays (May 1 – May 22)
Time: 10:00 - 11:00am
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center, 4623 Wesley Ave., Suite B, Cincinnati, OH 45212
Cost: $20
Description: This parent/child yoga class will be fun! The goal of the class will be to find joy in movement and breath. The class will be a mixture of animal poses, art, music, breathing, and relaxation. We will sing songs and stories to introduce the yoga poses. The goal is for the participants to leave feeling calmer, happier, and more peaceful inside. Yoga classes ultimately will teach participants how to breath, relax, and develop greater body awareness.
Objectives: 1. Introduction to self-calming/emotional regulation skills (really, just learning how to breathe deeply) 2. Become familiar with poses so you can practice at home 3. Develop ways to relax and calm down your bodies
Instructor: Kaitlin McGeeney. Since starting Irish Dance lessons when she was seven, Kaitlin has had a passion for movement. In college, she started teaching barre and group fitness classes. In 2017, she did her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Cincinnati Sports Club.  She works at Xavier University in Student Success and teaches both barre and yoga classes at Embra Studio in Columbia Tusculum. She loves finding ways for people to move their bodies with joy and gratitude.
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Early Matters Play Group (ages 0 – 5)

Ages: 0 – 5
Dates: every Wednesday
Time: 10 - 11:30 am
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center (4623 Wesley Avenue, Suite B Cincinnati, Ohio 45212)
Cost: Free
Description: The Early Matters Playgroup is an opportunity for parents to socialize with each other while children interact and play together. Each playgroup will start with circle time (introductions and a welcome song) and the rest of the time will be spent as open play. Siblings are welcome to attend.
Registration: Registration is required. Please register if you are interested in joining us for one Wednesday or every Wednesday. We will send reminders out each week, and you can join if it fits into your schedule.
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Jump Start Swim Camp (ages 3 – 5)

Ages: 3 – 5
Dates: Every day (June 13 – 17)
Time: Session A (9 – 9:30 am)
Session B (9:30 – 10 am)
Session C (10 - 10:30 am)
Session D (10:30 – 11 am)
Session E (11 - 11:30 am)
Session F (11:30 – 12 pm)
Location: Goldfish Swim School, 7058 Ridgetop Dr, West Chester Township, OH 45069
Cost: $30
Description: This swim camp is a great way to introduce the fundamentals of water safety and get your child water ready in a hurry! The Jump Start Clinic includes five consecutive days of 30-minute swim lessons that focus on everything from teaching the fundamentals of water safety to fine-tuning stroke technique. During this camp these are the skills we will be working on kicking with support, breath control going underwater, gliding, front and back float, simple freestyle, and rollover safety skills.
**A parent or caregiver will be required to be in the water and participate with their child during this class.
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Jump Start Swim Camp (ages 6 – 15)

Ages: 6 - 15
Dates: Every day (June 20 – 24)
Time: Session A (9 – 9:30 am)
Session B (9:30 – 10 am)
Session C (10 - 10:30 am)
Session D (10:30 – 11 am)
Session E (11 - 11:30 am)
Session F (11:30 – 12 pm)
Location: Goldfish Swim School, 7058 Ridgetop Dr, West Chester Township, OH 45069
Cost: $30
Description: This swim camp is a great way to introduce the fundamentals of water safety and get your child water ready in a hurry! The Jump Start Clinic includes five consecutive days of 30-minute swim lessons that focus on everything from teaching the fundamentals of water safety to fine-tuning stroke technique. During this camp these are the skills we will be working on kicking with support, breath control going underwater, gliding, front and back float, simple freestyle, and rollover safety skills.
**A parent or caregiver will be required to be in the water and participate with their child during this class unless otherwise noted.
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Spring into Social Skills (ages 12 – 17)

Ages: 12 – 17
Dates: Thursdays (June 9 – June 30)
Time:  6 – 7:30 pm
Location: DSAGC Office 4623 Wesley Ave, Suite A, Cincinnati, OH  45212
Cost: $20
Description: Join Speech-Language Pathologist Stephanie Bare for a small social skills group that will target social interactions with peers. Specific topics may include: play skills, perspective taking, basic conversation skills, problem solving and friendship.
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Introduction to Golf (ages 13 & up)

Ages: 13 & up
Dates: Wednesdays (May 18 – June 15)
Time:  6:30 - 7:30 pm *additional/adapted time for last session
Location: Meadow Links & Golf Academy (10999 Mill Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45240)
Cost: $20
Description: Join golf professionals from Hamilton County Park District to learn some of the basics of golf!  They will introduce various golf swings and discuss some of the rules and etiquette of the game. Golf clubs and balls will be available for use, but bring your own clubs if you have them.  Safety protocols will be in place for participants, instructors, and attendees. The last week of this clinic will include some time on the course!  On June 15th, a buddy/parent will need to accompany their golfer so that we can spend some time on the course. 
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Walking/Running Group (all ages)

Ages: all ages
Date: every Tuesday & Saturday
Time: Tuesdays (6 – 7 pm) + Saturdays (10 – 11 am)
Location: Tuesdays (DSAGC, 4623 Wesley Avenue, Suite A Cincinnati, Ohio 45212) + Saturdays (Mercy Health  1701 Mercy Health Place, Cincinnati, Ohio 45237)
Cost: $20 (this fee will also cover your entrance fee for a 5K race)
Description: Join the DSAGC running/walking group led by Mike Smith "Smitty". This 10-week training program will lead up to a 5K in the Summer. Coach Smitty will focus on many aspects of health and exercise, especially walking and running techniques. Any level of fitness may join, so please register with a friend or relative who is at your same pace, so you can enjoy the training course safely together.
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Pop-Up Classes & Socials

Pop-Up Classes & Socials occur on occasion and include various learning components, but focus heavily on social networking and building relationships. Registration is required for each individual pop-up class and social. At times there may be a cost associated, but the majority of these opportunities are free.

The Lucky Few Saint Patrick's Day Social (ages 0 - 5)

Ages: Families 0 – 5
Date: Thursday, March 17th 
Time:
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center
Cost:  Free
Description: Let’s celebrate St. Patrick’s Day together with our LUCKY Few! We’ll have fun St. Patrick’s Day themed activities and special treats for all the little leprechauns to enjoy! Other family members are welcome to attend, but please only register your child with Down syndrome. Note, masks are required indoors at the DSAGC for everyone over 2 years old (with the exception for those with sensory triggers). We will also practice social distancing as much as possible during this program. Please stay home if you are sick or have recently been exposed to someone with Covid-19.  
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Zumba (ages 6 & up)

Ages: 6 & up
Date: Tuesday, June 14
Time:  6:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center
Cost: Free
Description: Come dance to great music, with great people and get a great workout. This class will be a beginner class and will be appropriate for all ability levels.
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Physical Therapy Eval (ages 0 - 5)

Ages: 0 - 5
Date: Wednesday, June 22
Time:  10 - 11 am
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center
Cost: Free
Description: Do you want to have your child’s gross motor skills assessed/reassessed while also helping student Physical Therapists learn more about Down syndrome? In this one hour class you will have the opportunity to work with the Mount St Joseph University – Doctor of Physical Therapy Students. With the supervision of their instructor, Kim Perkins PT, DPT, CBIS (previous CCHMC Thomas Center PT). The students will interview your family and work with your children to come up with a few exercises/activities for you to help promote the gross motor development of your child. The Physical therapy (PT) students welcome feedback on their professional behaviors, delivery of services, and clarity of exercise implementation. You will also receive a student written formal Physical Therapy evaluation of your child, verified by their instructor, and will be able to sign up for a virtual follow-up session to review the evaluation and ask questions.
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Funday Sunday...Listen and Create! (ages 6 – 11)

Ages: 6 – 11
Date: Sunday, April 10
Time:  2 – 3 pm
Location: DSAGC Office, 4623 Wesley Ave, Ste A, Cincinnati, OH 45212
Cost: $5
Description: Join Special Education Teacher, Kayla Speight, for an afternoon with books, crafts, socialization, and fun! 
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Winter Dance…rescheduled from February (ages 15 & up)

Ages: 15 & up
Date: Friday, April 22
Time: 6 – 8 pm
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center
Cost: $10
Description: For a variety of reasons, we aren’t able to host our annual Winter Dance at the Newport Syndicate like we typically do. But don’t worry – we will back at the Newport Syndicate in 2023, and the event will once again be open for everyone in the community to attend! We didn’t want to go a year without the magic of the Winter Dance….so, we are hosting the Winter Dance at the DSAGC Empowerment Center for adults with Down syndrome! We will have a photo booth to capture memories, a red-carpet to show off the glamourous looks, dancing with our favorite tunes, and a fantastic pizza dinner. Attendees will also have the opportunity to "Get Fancy" with us beforehand complete with a fun limo ride around town! Be sure to register for the Let’s Get Fancy option at checkout.
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March Madness Party (ages 18 & up)

Ages: 18 & up
Date: Friday, March 25th
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Location: DSAGC, 4623 Wesley Ave Suite A Cincinnati, OH 45212
Cost: Free
Description: Come cheer on your favorite basketball teams during the March Madness Sweet 16! We will have two games shown on projectors at the DSAGC. Wear your favorite college sports gear! Snacks and drinks will be provided.
Note, masks are required indoors at the DSAGC for everyone over 2 years old (with the exception for those with sensory triggers). We will also practice social distancing as much as possible during this program. Please stay home if you are sick or have recently been exposed to someone with Covid-19.  
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Arts & Apps (ages 18 & up)

Ages: 18 & up
Date: Friday, May 13
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: DSAGC Community Room
Cost: $10
Description: Join us for an evening of art and apps! Each person will get to create a piece of art and take it home! Appetizers and refreshments will be provided.
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SINGO (ages 18 & up)

Ages: 18 & up
Date: Wednesday, May 11
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: Dead Low Brewing 5959 Kellogg Ave Cincinnati, OH 45230
Cost: Free
Description: We will meet at Dead Low Brewing for a few rounds of SINGO, which is a musical spin on BINGO! Stephanie will go over the rules of SINGO before the game, and we will have volunteers to help assist throughout the night. If you’d like to order good or drinks, please bring additional money to do so.
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Adaptive Book Making with Speech Pathologist Stephanie Bare (all ages)

Ages: All Ages
Date: Tuesday, April 19
Time: 6 – 7 pm
Location: DSAGC Community Room (childcare will be available in the Empowerment Center)
Cost: Free
Description: What is an adapted book? An adapted book is a book that has laminated pictures added to the pages with Velcro. Adding symbols and/or interactive pieces to books helps give children confidence and a purpose while reading. Join us with Speech-Language Pathologist, Stephanie Bare, to learn how to adapt a book. You will be able to choose from 3 books and will be provided with all the materials to adapt the book. You will also be provided with instructions to take home to be able to adapt your children’s favorite books in the future. 
*Childcare is available for this class. Please indicate at registration if childcare is needed.
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Parents Night Out: A Celebration of Moms and Dads

Ages: parents of all ages
Date: Saturday May 14
Time: 7 – 9 pm
Location: Cincinnati Fowling Warehouse, 2940 Highland Ave #230, Cincinnati, OH 45212
Cost: $10/person
Description: A night of bowling, football, and fun all rolled in to one! Join us at the Fowling Warehouse of Cincinnati for a parent’s night out to celebrate all the wonderful parents of the DSAGC. Registration to this event gets you 2 hours of fowling play, food, a chance at prizes, and an opportunity to socialize and have fun with other parents in the community. Beverages are available for purchase.
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Virtual Programs

While the majority of our programs are back in-person, we will still offer several virtual opportunities on a monthly basis. Registration is required, but it is FREE to participate. 

Virtual Cooking with Chef Miles

Ages: all ages
Date: 3rd Thursday of each month
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Location: Zoom
Cost: Free
Description: Join Chef Miles in this virtual cooking class where we will create something delicious!  We'll measure, mix, and make something great! A list of needed ingredients and supplies will be emailed to all registrants one week prior to the class.
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Virtual Baking with Chefs Jordan and Daniel

Ages: all ages
Date: Tuesday, April 26, May 24, & June 21
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Location: Zoom
Cost: Free
Description: Join Chef Jordan & Chef Daniel in this fun virtual baking class where we'll be working on skills such as measuring, stirring, and cooking. Our fine motor skills, those involving small muscles of the hands and fingers, will be enhanced while baking up a tasty treat! An added bonus of these virtual classes is that you will be practicing cooking in your own kitchen with your own appliances and utensils!
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Virtual Bingo

Ages: all ages
Date: 3rd Friday of each month (April 15, May 20, June 17)
Time: 4:30 – 5:15 pm
Location: Zoom
Cost: Free
Description: Families of all ages are invited to play a few rounds of Bingo each month! Playing Bingo is fun and also strengthens important skills like recognition, observation, concentration, and turn-taking.
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Virtual Creative Expression

Ages: 18 & up
Date: 1st Wednesday of every month (April 6, May 4, June 1)
Time: 1:30 – 2:15 pm
Location: Zoom
Cost: Free
Max: 10 (participation is limited to allow for the best possible learning environment)
Description: Join Stephanie Bare, Adult Matters Coordinator and Speech-Language Pathologist, and Emma Daniel, Adult Matters Engagement Coordinator from your basement, outside, or wherever you want to take some time to get creative and connect! We will express ourselves through writing, drawing, art and more.
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Summer Tutoring

Our summer tutoring program is offered to expand learning time for children with Down syndrome. It is led by high-quality certified special education instructors. The tutoring program will be individualized and customized via parent/caregiver desires. There will be two certified special education teachers and six educational aides (students who are in college for special education or current district para professionals) per session.

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iCan Bike Camp

iCan Bike uses adapted bicycles, a specialized instructional program and trained staff to enable individuals with disabilities to learn to ride a two-wheel bicycle. Riders attend one 75 minute session each day for five consecutive days where they learn to ride while accompanied and encouraged by volunteer “spotters”. Over the course of the week, we continually adjust the bikes in an effort to challenge riders balance as they gradually discover the skill and joy of riding.

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Independent Living Retreat

"Independence" means different things for everyone. For some, it means living on their own...for others, it means reaching an individual goal (developing social connections, learning new skills, etc.). The Independent Living Retreat (ILR) is a weekend-long experience for adults with Down syndrome looking to gain their own version of independence. The retreat provides opportunities for community service, learning new skills, making friendships and overall growth. There is a strong emphasis on developing and working through individual goals.

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Open Hangout

Open Hangouts are an opportunity for you, your family, and friends to utilize our EMPOWERMENT CENTER in your own way! You will have access to the entire center, including the Sensory Room. The Empowerment Center is furnished with therapeutic equipment, a rock wall, swings, trampolines, climbing mats, toys, games, and electronics. It is also an inviting place where parents and caregivers can connect. Open Hangouts are available for all ages and abilities!

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Respite Care

We offer Respite Care once a quarter. We provide parents with short-term care services in a safe, supportive, and structured setting. Respite events are open to the child/teen/adult with Down syndrome as well as their siblings. After drop-off, parents will have three hours to themselves to do whatever they please! Our “care assistant” volunteers are trained and must pass a background check. Registration is required, but it is FREE to participate.

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Parent Education Workshops

Parent Education Classes are held once a quarter. The topics of these classes rotate, but are always specific to Down syndrome. These will be held in-person at the DSAGC office (unless otherwise noted). If the workshop takes place at the DSAGC, we offer care for children, teens, and adults while the parent/caregiver attends the workshop. Care during the workshops fills on a first-come, first-serve basis, so we encourage registering as soon as possible. Registration is required, but it is FREE to participate.

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Behavior with the Experts

Behaviors can be challenging for our loved ones with Down syndrome.  Whether it’s swiping, flopping, pulling, pinching, or other non-compliant actions - there are strategies to help our loved ones communicate more effectively. 

This year, after two years like no other, we are putting even more emphasis on helping families deal with puzzling and unwanted behaviors by virtually connecting parents/caregivers with behavioral experts. These monthly DSAGC-sponsored, small group workshops will allow parents/caregivers to focus in on specific behaviors, figure out ways to identify their function, and hear firsthand strategies to help.  Parents will have the opportunity to ask questions and hopefully get a better understanding of tactics to support behavioral changes. 

Unfortunately, we all know there’s no magic wand to automatically make behaviors better, but the DSAGC is committed to walking beside families by connecting parents to behavioral professionals who may help alleviate some of the challenges involved in supporting our loved ones to better communicate.

These behavior discussions will be held on Zoom. Registration is required, but it is FREE to participate.

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DS/ASD Support Group

every other Monday 

8 – 9:30 pm | Zoom

In an effort to support families with loved ones who have or who suspect to have a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and autism (ASD), the DSAGC is offering a newly formed support group for parents and caregivers. The goal of this group is to connect families to help support one another by talking through challenges and successes while guided by a qualified group facilitator. Participants will benefit from the facilitator’s knowledge of strategies to help in extra stressful situations. They will be able to encourage each other as caregivers and can share and learn firsthand about resources to help in the many stages of this journey.

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