PROGRAMS

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.

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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Preschool Readiness (ages 2 - 5)

Ages: 2 – 5 years
Dates: Tuesdays (July 5 – 26)
Time: 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center (4623 Wesley Ave., Suite B, Cincinnati, OH 45212)
Cost: $20
Description: This class is designed to introduce basic routines for preschool, such as following a visual schedule and directions, participating in turn-taking during circle time, and communicating needs and wants to adults. This will be a fun class that incorporates songs, stories, and different fine and gross motor activities to keep the kids engaged.
Instructor: Christina Nie, Licensed Intervention Specialist with a degree in Special Education
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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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Intro to Girl Scouts (ages 6 - 17)

Ages: 6 – 12 & 13 - 18
Dates: Mondays (July 18, 25 & August 1, 8, 15)
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am (ages 6 – 12) & 11:00 – 12:00 pm (ages 13 – 18)
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center (4623 Wesley Ave, Suite A, Cincinnati, OH 45212)
Cost: $20
Description: Girl Scouts is the perfect way for your girl to learn life skills and step out of her comfort zone. With our unique programming, we give our girls the tools they need so they can take on any challenge that life throws at them. Nothing can stop you when you're a Girl Scout!
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Caring for a Calf (ages 8 & up)

Ages: 8 – 17 & 18+
Date: Thursdays (September 1 – 22) | “Showing” on Saturday, September 24
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: Miniature Buddies, inc. (1275 Bramlage Road Walton, KY 41094)
Cost: $20
Description: Participants will get to work one-on-one with a miniature cow as they get them ready to “show” like in a county fair. The cows will be handled with love and care as participants learn to bathe and groom the animals. On Saturday, September 24, all participants will “show” their cow at the first annual “FAIR-Y TAIL” festival!
Instructor: Traci Richardson. Traci has been showing animals for 23 years. She recently opened “Miniature Buddies, inc.”, so that she could help individuals with disabilities participate in their county fairs.
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Mixed Martial Arts (ages 13 & up)

Ages: 13 & up
Dates: Saturdays (August 13, 20 & September 3, 17, 24)
Time: 1:30 - 2:30 pm
Location: Club MMA (3285 Westbourne Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45248)
Cost: $20
Description:  Join Head Coach, Jeff Robison, for an action-packed, fun, and interactive series of classes where participants will learn to set goals, work hard, and learn important life lessons. Club MMA believes that an exciting atmosphere paired with positive reinforcement will lead to a person's success no matter their skill level.
Instructor: Jeff Robison is the owner and head coach of Club MMA.  He has been coaching since 2003 and helping students learn Muay Thai Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Tae Kwon Do, and MMA.  Over the past several years, he has taken a special interest in coaching individuals with disabilities.  He currently coaches at a Hamilton County DDS school, the Metzcor Day Program, and he has worked with the DSAGC for the past several years.
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Kitchen Skills (ages 18 & up)

Ages: 18 & up
Dates: Wednesdays (August 10 - August 31)
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm (the last class will go until 8 pm)
Location: DSAGC (4623 Wesley Ave Suite A Cincinnati, OH 45212) & the last class will take place at Tablespoon Cooking Co. (1731 Elm St. Cincinnati, OH 45202)
Cost: $30
Description: Join Chef Jordan from Tablespoon Cooking Co. to learn a variety of cooking skills. Classes will focus on kitchen safety, use of appliances, and learning simple recipes. The last night of the series will be at Tablespoon Cooking Co.!
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Walking/Running Group (all ages)

Join the DSAGC running/walking group led by Mike Smith "Smitty". 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. Email Joanie@dsagc.com to register!
The group meets 7 am on Tuesdays and 9 am on Saturdays - June 14 - Labor Day.


T.E.L.L. Program

We have partnered with the University of Cincinnati Speech-Language Pathology graduate program to create our new T.E.L.L. Program for adults with Down syndrome! T.E.L.L. stands for Teaching Engagement and Lifelong Language. This program will focus on enhancing communication by providing useful, beneficial, and personalized supports for each participant. The goal is to increase individual progress when interacting with others to effectively communicate wants and needs. The SLP graduate students will work under the supervision of our Young Adult Coordinator and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, Stephanie Bare.

Due to limited class size, registration will be a lottery draw. Fall session registration will open August 12 and close August 19. You will be notified of your registration status on Monday, August 22. If you do not receive entry through the lottery draw, you will be refunded your registration fee.
 

Fall Sessions

Sept 14, 21, 28 | Oct 5, 9, 26 | Nov 2, 9, 16, 30
Session 1: 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Session 2: 7:00 - 8:00 pm
DSAGC Empowerment Center
4623 Wesley Avenue, Suite A Cincinnati, Ohio 45212
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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.

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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Learning Through Play and Music (ages 0 - 5)

Ages: 0 – 2 & 3 - 5
Date: Saturday, July 9
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 am (ages 0 – 2) & 11:00 – 12:00 pm (ages 3 – 5)
Location: ABC Pediatric Therapy West Chester (7591 Tylers Pl Blvd, West Chester Township, OH 45069)
Cost: $5
Description: An educational and interactive session for your child with ways to improve overall strength, fine motor, and speech skills- all while having fun to music. This class will incorporate information from PTs, OTs, and a speech therapist to improve your ability to target these areas during play!
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Barnyard Magic Bonanza (ages 0 - 5)

Ages: 0 – 5
Date: Sunday, July 24
Time: 3:00 - 5:00pm
Location: Parky’s Farm, 10073 Daly Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45231
Cost: Free
Description: AbraCOWdabra - AlaCOWzam! Prepare to be AMAZED at this year’s Early Matters Summer Social. Not only will you have access to the entire farm and playground, but this year’s party will be extra magical as we have Charlie Cadabra joining us for a family-friendly magic show! We will have some light snacks and a cool summer treat to enjoy as well.
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Wild Wonders Nature Hike (all ages)

Ages: all ages
Date: Wednesday, August 10
Time: 5:00 - 6:30pm
Location: Farbach Werner Nature Preserve (3455 Poole Road Cincinnati, OH 45251)
Cost: $5
Description: From animals to plants, the parks are filled with wild wonders. Join us for a guided “hike” through Farbach Nature Preserve where we will discover and learn all about the different plants and animals that live there. You will leave with an activity pack for you and your little explorers to enjoy at home. The Park and 0.6 mile Pin Oak Trail is accessible and strollers are welcome.
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Fairytales and Fairy Gardens (ages 0 - 5)

Ages: 0 – 5
Date: Wednesday, August 17
Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Highfield Discovery Garden (10397 Springfield Pike Cincinnati, OH 45215)
Cost: $5
Description: Discover a world complete with fairies, dragons, trains, and more in a 12-acre children’s garden. We will read a fairytale together and spend the morning exploring the beautiful discovery garden. Keep an eye out for caterpillars, butterflies, fairies and more!
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Splish Splash Blast (ages 0 - 5)

Ages: 0 – 5
Date: Wednesday, August 24
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Location: Veteran’s Park Splash Pad (110 South St., Wilder, KY 41071)
Cost: $5
Description: Join us for some splashy-splashy summer fun at the Wilder, Kentucky splash pad. Bring your swimsuits and enjoy the splash pad and other water games. There is a playground, sand volleyball, and basketball court too! The shelter will be reserved for a cool place to escape the sun and enjoy a special summer treat. Siblings and family welcome to join!
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Florence Y'alls Game (all ages)

Ages: all ages
Date: Wednesday, August 3
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Florence Y'alls Stadium (7950 Freedom Way  Florence, KY 41042)
Cost: $6 per ticket (pick-up at will call)
Description:  Bring your family out for a Florence Y'alls game! The DSAGC cheerleaders will be performing their routine on the field, an individual with Down syndrome will be throwing out the first pitch, and there will be other fun activities going on throughout the evening.
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Back to School Bash at Kirkwood Adventure Park

Ages: 3 – 22
Date: Friday, August 5
Time: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm (drop in any time)
Location: Kirkwood Adventure Park (5719 W. State Route 73 Wilmington, OH  45177)
Cost: Free (just bring money if you want to purchase concessions)
Description: Join us for a fun-filled day at Kirkwood Adventure Park to celebrate the start of the new school year! There are activities for everyone.....mini golf, splash pad, lake obstacle course, lakeside beach, canopy trail, mini frisbee golf, lawn games, and more! Siblings and friends are welcome to attend, but a parent/caregiver is required to stay on site.
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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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Sunday Funday...Listen and Create (ages 6 - 12)

Ages: 6 – 12
Date: Sunday September 18
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center (4623 Wesley Ave, Suite 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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Staying Safe Online (ages 10 & up)

Ages: ages 10 – 17 & ages 18 & up
Date: Wednesday, September 14
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm (ages 10 – 17) & 7:30 – 8:30 pm (ages 18 & up)
Location: DSAGC (4623 Wesley Avenue, Suite A Cincinnati, Ohio 45212)
Cost: Free
Description: There are a lot of ways to stay connected online, so ensuring teens and adults stay safe on all internet platforms is extremely important. Krissy will discuss ways to ensure internet privacy, how to communicate effectively online, how to address cyberbullying, and how to model appropriate behavior on social media. Parents are welcome to attend, but not required.
Instructor: Krissy Vinson, DSAGC Communication Coordinator
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End of Summer Adult Social (ages 17 & up)

Ages: 17 & up
Date: Saturday, August 13
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: General Custer’s (3325 Westbourne Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45248)
Cost: $10
Description: Come join us for a game of putt-putt and ice cream as we say goodbye to summer! Social clubs will be encouraged to use this as their monthly outing for August and if you are interested in joining a social club or just want to hang with friends - we would love to have you!
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Inside Out Art Class (ages 18 & up)

Ages: 18 & up
Date: Thursday, August 25
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: InsideOut Studios (140 High St. Hamilton, OH 45011)
Cost: $10
Description: This class will teach participants to use the techniques and materials needed to create an original suncatcher that can be taken home!
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Line Dancing (ages 18 & up)

Ages: 18 & up
Date: Tuesday, September 20
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Location: Summit Park (4335 Glendale Milford Rd, Blue Ash, OH 45242)
Cost: Free
Description: Wear your dancing shoes and head out to Summit Park for Line Dancing! Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle.
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Arts and Apps (ages 18 & up)

Ages: 18 & up
Date: Friday, September 30
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: DSAGC (4623 Wesley Avenue, Suite A Cincinnati, Ohio 45212)
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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Cones and Connections with Mazie

Tuesday, August 23 from 6 – 7 pm at the DSAGC Empowerment Center
DSAGC will treat attendees to an ice cream from our friends at Special Neat Treats! Special Neat Treats is owned by the Wegener family from Loveland, Ohio. Their children with Down syndrome, Mary Kate and Josh, work for the company. This is a great time to meet Mazie and tour our Empowerment Center (if you haven’t already been).
Ages 30 and up welcome!
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Adult 35+ Focus Groups

Thursday, August 11 from 10 – 11 am at the DSAGC Community Room
Tuesday, August 16 from 6 – 7 pm at the DSAGC Community Room

We invite you to join Adult (35+) Coordinator, Mazie Wellington, and other DSAGC families at one of our focus groups. Together, we will share ideas and visions for future programming, supports, and services for our adults (35 and older) and their families. Ages 30 and up welcome!
Please email MazieW@dsagc.com to let her know which focus group you’d like to attend.


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 Music Therapy

Ages: 0 – 5
Date: The last Thursday of the month (July 28, August 25, September 29)
Time: 9:30 - 10:00 am
Location: Zoom
Cost: Free
Description: Enjoy and explore music through song, movement, and stories all through the comfort of your own home!
Instructor: Meredith Green, MT-BC, Keys for Success Music Therapy
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Virtual Cooking with Chef Miles

Ages: all ages
Date: 3rd Thursday of each month (July 14, August 18, September 15)
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, July 19 & Wednesday, September 7
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 (July 15, August 19, September 16)
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 (July 6, August 3, September 7)
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.

Our Summer Tutoring is SOLD OUT!

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.

Our iCan Bike Camp is SOLD OUT!

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.

Our Independent Living Retreat is SOLD OUT!

Annual Summer Picnic

Our Summer Picnic is the perfect place to relax and unwind with your DSAGC friends! Bring your lawn chairs and watch your kids play at the enclosed park. We will have treats and fun for all ages!

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Photography Day

Photography Day is an opportunity for you and your family to get pictures taken by a professional photographer. Following your session, you will receive all the photos digitally at no cost to you. This opportunity is FREE to DSAGC families, but registration is required. Space is limited and fills on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration will open later this summer.

Save the Date - Saturday, September 24 

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!

Early Matters Playgroup (Wednesdays from 10 – 12 pm)
All Ages Open Hangout (Fridays from 10 – 12 pm)
All Ages Open Hangout (2nd Saturday of the Month from 10 – 12 pm)

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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.

Sunday, June 12 from 2 - 5 pm
Saturday, August 27 from 10 am – 1 pm

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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.

Caring for the Caregiver 

Sunday, July 31
4:00 – 6:00 pm
DSAGC Community Room (4623 Wesley Ave., Suite A, Cincinnati, OH 45212)
childcare available

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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 quarterly 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.

Elopement/Wandering

Tuesday, June 14
6:30 – 8 pm
Zoom

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DS/ASD Support Group

Aug 8 & 22, Sept 5 & 19, Oct 3 & 17, Nov 14 & 28, Dec 5 & 19

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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