Parents set the stage for the healthy development of children with Down syndrome into adults who are able to make positive contributions to their community. By monitoring important health care screening, guiding appropriate behaviour for successful social interactions, incorporating knowledge about communication strengths into everyday routines, and developing skills for self-care and school readiness, we are optimizing the potential for full social inclusion.
The Down Syndrome Research Foundation is pleased to present our New Parent Series from September 2017 to June 2018. This series will be offered on Saturday mornings from 10 am to 12 pm for parents of newborns to age five, and provides an opportunity for families to meet other families while learning about Down syndrome from experienced professionals. The sessions will take place at DSRF (1409 Sperling Avenue in Burnaby).
Registration is for the entire series (not a drop in program). Please contact email@example.com to register by September 7. Please register early if you will be requesting childcare (volunteers will supervise children in a room that is adjacent to presentation and children will join families during social time at the end).
September 23: Susan Fawcett, M.Sc. RSLP
Susan has been the head speech therapist at DSRF since 2003 and is currently at UBC doing her PhD in Family-Centred Positive Behavioural Support. Susan will provide an overview of some of the key learning strengths and challenges associated with Down syndrome.
October 14: Dr. Elena Lopez, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Dr. Lopez is a Clinical Geneticist, Developmental Pediatrician, BCCH. She is Clinical Asst Professor, UBC and Clinical Investigator, CFRI, UBC. Dr. Lopez will discuss important preventative health care screening related to Down syndrome and healthy childhood development.
November 18: Adrienne Dall’Antonia, BSc, RD, BBA
Adrienne is a registered dietitian at Eating for Energy as well as the mother of Aliya who has Down syndrome. Adrienne will initiate a conversation on feeding issues and recommended practices as well as answer questions regarding nutrition and Down syndrome.
December 16: Dr. William Rosebush
Dr. Rosebush is a family dentist practicing in Vancouver. Dr. Rosebush will discuss dental issues commonly encountered in people with DS and some strategies for keeping teeth and mouth healthy.
January 13: Riley Rosebush, M.Sc. RSLP
Riley has been a speech therapist at DSRF since 2012. Riley will talk about the issues that affect feeding, eating safely, and resources that are available locally to support you and your child in feeding.
February 17: Hina Mahmood M.Sc. OT and Lillie Ryan M.Sc. OT
Hina and Lillie are both occupational therapists at DSRF and will discuss the important early childhood skill of toilet training.
March 24: Jillian Baldwin, M.Sc. RSLP
Jillian has been a speech therapist at DSRF since 2014. Jillian will discuss strategies to optimize communication skills.
April 21: Susan Fawcett, M.Sc. RSLP
Susan has been the head speech therapist at DSRF since 2003 and is currently at UBC doing her PhD in Family-Centred Positive Behavioural Support and will discuss positive behavioural support.
May 26: Eleanor Stewart M.Ed. and Danielle McKinney B.Ed.
Eleanor and Danielle are both teachers in the DSRF Early Foundations Reading Program. They will discuss optimizing learning strengths and the ways in which you can start early to build a solid foundation for participation at school.
June 16: Pat Hanbury, BA Psych.
Pat is the Director of Programs and Services at DSRF and will discuss navigation of the provincial children’s services system.