Parent Education Workshops

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.

Common Sleep Problems and Current Treatment Options

Ages: parents of all ages
*Childcare is available for this class. Please indicate at registration if childcare is needed.
Date:
  Monday, May 23
Time:  6 - 7:30 pm
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center
Cost: Free
Description: This workshop will focus on common sleep problems for individuals with Down syndrome and an explanation of available treatments, including the newer Inspire implant. Content will specifically address how to support effective outcomes from these treatments including behavioral strategies for sleep hygiene. Although the content of this workshop is most applicable to parents of younger children (infant-17), there will be information provided about the Inspire Implant that is currently FDA approved for individuals ages 18+ only.
Instructors: Anna Esbensen, Psychologist and research director for the Thomas Center for Down Syndrome and Stacey Ishman, Professor, UC Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery

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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.

Flopping, Dropping, and Refusal

Wednesday, March 30
6:30 – 8 pm
Presented by Gretchen Carroll, MA, Special Education Clinician and School Liaison, Thomas Center for Down Syndrome Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Anna J Esbensen, PhD, FAPA, FAAIDD Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Clinical Psychologist Research Director, Jane and Richard Thomas Center for Down Syndrome Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
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Feeding Difficulties

Ages: all ages
Date: Wednesday, April 27
Time:  6:30 - 8 pm
Location: Zoom
Cost: Free
Presenter: Stephanie Bare M.S., CCC-SLP
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Externalizing behaviors (harming others, property destruction)

Ages: all ages
Date: Wednesday, May 18
Time:  6 - 7:30 pm
Location: Zoom
Cost: Free
Presenters: Mary Mushaben, is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who has been working in the behavioral health field for nine years. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology and a Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Mary has worked in a variety of settings including alternative school placements and inpatient psychiatry. She is currently a Supervising BCBA in the Secondary School at Cincinnati Center for Autism.

Leigh Morgan, Leigh Morgan is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who has been working with children and adolescents for over 20 years.  She began her career as an elementary teacher and later earned a Master's degree in Special Education with a focus in Applied Behavior Analysis.  She has primarily worked in public and private school settings.  Leigh is currently a Supervising BCBA in the Primary School at Cincinnati Center for Autism.  
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Elopement/Wandering

Ages: all ages
Date: Tuesday, June 14
Time:  6:30 – 8 pm
Location: Zoom
Cost: Free
Presenters: Trumpet Behavioral Health
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