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Empowerment Classes

Empowerment classes are offered to individuals with Down syndrome of all ages and abilities. These classes include sign language, kitchen skills, physical therapy, cheerleading and more! The purpose of our Empowerment Classes is to truly empower participants by learning a new skill or partaking in a new activity. Classes typically meet weekly over a six week period. We offer new classes each quarter, so be sure to keep an eye out for the ones that interest you or your loved one. There is a $20 fee per 6 week session and registration is required.

Occupational Therapy: Conversations that Matter

Ages: 0 – 5 years
Dates: Tuesdays • July 9 – August 6 
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Location: DSAGC Office (4623 Wesley Avenue, Suite A Cincinnati, OH 45212)   
Class Instructor: Krystin Turner, OTR/L, and Felicia Foci, OTR/L
Program Coordinator: Jena Wells, Early Matters Coordinator
Description: Through this series participants will learn what occupational therapy is and the benefits of this service. We will also discuss sensory processing and integration, fine motor skills, feeding, and self-help skills. Participants will gain foundational level understanding of sensory processing and integration and developmental milestones for fine motor skills, oral motor skills and self-help skills. Participants will leave with strategies and activities for the home environment.

Krystin and Felicia are occupational therapists within DDBP at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. They have experience providing outpatient pediatric care both individually and in interdisciplinary settings. Krystin and Felicia have experience treating and evaluating feeding, sensory processing, activities of daily living, gross and fine motor skills, and play/leisure skills.

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Parent & Child Aquatic Experience

Ages: 0 – 5 years
Dates: Saturdays • September 14 – October 19
Time: 1:30 - 2:15 PM
Location: Cincinnati Recreation Center-Mt. Auburn (2034 Young St, Cincinnati, OH 45219)
Class Instructor:  Julia Alvarez and Eric Rueger
Program Coordinator: Jena Wells, Early Matters Coordinator
Description: The purpose of this program is to teach safe behaviors in, on, and around the water and to develop swimming readiness. Parents and children engage in water exploration activities with the objective of having fun and becoming comfortable in, on, and around the water. We will be focusing on skills such as breath control, relaxing techniques, horizontal body position on the front and back, propelling through the water using kicks and arm movements. Due to a variety of expected development, we will be teaching skills based on each student’s individual assessment which will occur during the first class. Each child who attends will also receive an annual membership to the Cincinnati Recreation Commission.

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The Value of Chores

Ages: 6 - 12 years
Dates: Wednesdays • September 25 - October 23
Time:  6 - 7 PM
Location: DSAGC Office (4623 Wesley Avenue, Suite A Cincinnati, OH 45212)
Class Instructor: Joan Dostal, Cincinnati Occupational Therapy Institute
Program Coordinator: Joanie Elfers, School Age Matters Coordinator
Description:  Participants will explore a variety of possible chores for your child. Chores build a sense of value to the family and self- esteem. Taking steps toward greater independence in life skills can begin now. Chores can also meet developmental goals such as improving hand skills, motor planning, visual perceptual skills, organization and task completion. Working together with your child, you will explore a variety of tasks to help with household routines such as cleaning, laundry and meal setup/cleanup. Led by an occupational therapist, this will be a time to discuss what is reasonable to expect for your child and what might be a natural progression for taking on more responsibility and growing independence.

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Preparing for Employment

Ages: 18 & up
Dates: Tuesdays • September 17 – October 22
Time: 6:30 – 8 PM
Location: DSAGC Office (4623 Wesley Avenue, Suite A Cincinnati, OH 45212) 
Class Instructor: Calista Hargrove, MSOL, Vice President of Programs at Cincinnati Works 
Program Coordinator: Maggie Ranz, Outreach Coordinator
Description:  By participating in this 6 week interactive series, participants will learn about professionalism, character strengths, interviewing skills and where to find employment support in their community. At the end of the series, participants will partake in mock interviews and a networking event. The employment series will be led by Calista Hargrove, MSOL, Vice President of Programs at Cincinnati Works.

Calista is an experienced, results-oriented organizational development professional with a record of achievement in strategic thinking and problem solving in developing and managing workforce development and post-secondary educational support services for individuals with economic disadvantages and/or disabilities.

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Introduction to Martial Arts

Ages: 18 & up
Dates: Wednesdays • July 24 – August 14
Time: 6 – 7 PM
Location: DSAGC Office (4623 Wesley Avenue, Suite A Cincinnati, OH 45212) 
Class Instructor: Jeff Robison, Club MMA and Chris Gregg, Personal Trainer
Program Coordinator: Christy Gregg, Adult Matters Coordinator
Description:  Through this series one will gain exposure to basic components of martial arts, while also gaining increased self-awareness, agility, and confidence.

 Jeff Robison has lead the Club MMA staff as the Owner and Head Coach since 2008. Jeff started coaching full time in 2003 and has successfully coached students at the competitive level in Muay Thai Kickboxing, Tae Kwon Do, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA. Jeff has over 20 years’ experience in martial arts and has had the privilege to train in many gyms around the world. Jeff also spends time consulting for businesses, organizations and correctional facilities as well as other martial arts schools helping them increase sales, build programs and learn various styles of martial arts. Jeff is a very diverse martial artist; he is always seeking more knowledge, not just in the arts but also in leadership and communication skills to be a more effective coach.

Chris Gregg has been involved with martial arts and fitness for over 14 years. Fitness wasn't always an attribute, but training developed the drive for him to push himself. This drive was also evident when he completed drill school for firefighting in 2006 and is currently an active fireman. One of the most important objectives in his life was to be fit and ready for anything. He is a diverse trainer who uses martial arts and many variations of personal training to fit various...us interests and needs! He has training in kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu ,kali and kettlebells which allows for dynamic sessions with endless possibilities.

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