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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.

Playgroup

Ages: 0 - 5 *no siblings, please
Dates: Saturdays • April 6 & April 13
Time: 9:30 - 10:30 AM
Location: ABC Pediatric Therapy, West Chester
Class Instructor: Physical Therapist, ABC Pediatric Therapy
Program Coordinator: Jena Wells, Early Matters Coordinator
Description: Join our Early Matters Playgroup! Bring your child with Down syndrome and join other parents for an hour of playing and chatting. There will be a therapist from ABC Pediatric Therapy to answer questions and interact with the kids.

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Circle of Friends

Ages: 2.5 - 5
Dates: Mondays • April 22 - May 20
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Location: DSAGC, 4623 Wesley Avenue, Suite A Cincinnati, OH 45212
Class Instructor: Robin Schulz, Speech Therapist & Jeremy Schulz
Program Coordinator: Jena Wells, Early Matters Coordinator
Description: Being part of a group is very important for your child to be naturally motivated to enhance social and communicative interactions. The main focus of these classes is to be part of a group. It is designed to begin with circle time (song, greetings, book) and then move on to a fine and/ or gross motor group activity (obstacle course, parachute, craft, etc).  Each week will have a different theme. 

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**Registration will be a lottery draw if more than 10 children sign-up. 

Art Skills

Ages: 6 - 10
Dates: Tuesdays • April 9 - April 30
Time: 6 - 6:50 PM
Location: DSAGC, 4623 Wesley Ave, Suite A Cincinnati, OH 45212
Class Instructor: Christy Gregg, CTRS
Program Coordinator: Joanie Elfers, School Age Matters Coordinator
Description: Get your art on! Participants will create different pieces of artwork each week based on a specific theme. They will be able to bring all of their art home! Christy joined the DSAGC in 2011 as the Adult Matters Coordinator. Christy graduated from the college of Mount Saint Joseph with a Bachelor of Science in Recreational Therapy, and is a Certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialist (CTRS). Christy has over 15 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities. She worked as a program coordinator for supported living and waiver services with adults, and also has years of experience in recreational based programs. Christy was a camp director for Cincinnati Recreation Commission, where she designed and implemented numerous art activities and therapies throughout summer camp. She has a passion and personal connection for her work through her brother, Michael and overall just loves to craft!

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Volleyball Camp

Ages: 8 - 12 & 13 - 18 
Dates: everyday; June 24 - June 28
Time: 6 - 7 PM (ages 8 - 12) & 7 - 8 PM (ages 13 - 18)
Location: Saint Margaret of York, 9495 Columbia Rd, Loveland, OH 45140
Class Instructor: Madison Rohlfs
Program Coordinator: Joanie Elfers, School Age Matters Coordinator
Description: Come learn the basics of volleyball! While on the court, participants will work with volunteers to complete drills and exercises related to volleyball including basic passing, setting, hitting, and serving. There is no prior experience necessary. We are here to help everyone learn the game!

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Express Yourself

Ages: 14 - 17 & 18+
Dates: Wednesdays • May 1 - June 5 **no class May 15
Time: 6 - 6: 50 PM (ages 14 - 17) & 7 - 8 PM (ages 18 & up)
Location: DSAGC, 4623 Wesley Avenue, Suite A Cincinnati, OH 45212
Class Instructor: Jori Ann Cotton, Word Play Cincy Teaching Artist
Program Coordinator: Joanie Elfers, School Age Matters Coordinator & Christy Gregg, Adult Matters Coordinator 
Description: Express Yourself is a unique mix of finding & expressing yourself, through writing exercises, visual arts and performance. In this Workshop, participants have the opportunity to discover and express their true selves, in exciting interactive writing exercises and performance techniques, that are not only a lot of fun, but individuals find their creative voice.

Express Yourself is facilitated by Jori An Cotton, Word Play Cincy Teaching Artist. A seasoned spoken-word performer and teaching artist, has significant experience inspiring young people and adults through the power of poetic storytelling. Prior to joining WordPlay, she oversaw the implementation of spoken word and poetry slam programs at Walnut Hills High School, The School for Creative and Performing Arts, McAuley High school, Taft Information Technology High School, Hughes STEM High School, and Woodward Career Technical High School; as well as leading Crossing the Street open mics and coordinating Voices of Freedom spoken word workshops with the hip hop and arts nonprofit organization Elementz. In addition, her educational background in social work and experience with organizations like Starfire Council allows her to bring a poignant level of additional skill and expertise to the role.

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