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 2018 to June 2019. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to register by September 18. 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 22: Riley Rosebush, M.Sc. RSLP
Riley has been a speech therapist at DSRF since 2012. Riley will provide an overview of some of the key learning strengths and challenges associated with Down syndrome.
October 13: 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 17: 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 15: 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.
January 12: Riley Rosebush, M.Sc. RSLP
Riley has been a speech therapist at DSRF since 2012. Riley will discuss strategies to optimize communication skills.
February 23: Hina Mahmood M.Sc. OT
Hina will review the foundational steps required for higher level learning. She will discuss general fine and gross motor development, sensory strategies and environmental adaptations to increase independence and facilitate success when learning new skills.
March 23: 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.
April 27: Danielle McKinney B.Ed.
Danielle has been a teacher at DSRF since 2011 and has taught many young children starting at the Early Foundations reading level. Danielle will discuss optimizing learning strengths and the ways in which you can start early to build a solid foundation for participation at school.
May 25: 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 discuss behaviour support strategies that align with learning strengths and challenges commonly associated with Down syndrome.
June 15: 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.