Okanagan Workshops + Groups

The Down Syndrome Resource Foundation is pleased to offer parent groups and workshops in the Okanagan area under the leadership of Jillian Baldwin, RSLP. Below is information on currently available services. To register for any of these groups and workshops, please click here.

Jillian, a registered Speech and Language Pathologist, has been a part of the DSRF team since 2014. She specializes in working with individuals with Down syndrome of all ages, with experience providing one-to-one therapy, facilitating groups and classes, and presenting to small and large audiences. Jillian is very excited to extend the quality services of the Down Syndrome Resource Foundation to families around the Okanagan!

Down Syndrome and Sleep: Overcoming Challenges and Creating a Healthy Sleep Routine

Participants will learn how challenges with sleep can impact everyday functioning for individuals with Down syndrome. Jillian will discuss the physiological factors that affect sleep quality, as well as the prevalence of sleep apnea and how it is diagnosed and treated. This presentation will also explore the behavioural factors that impact sleep and provide strategies to create a consistent sleep routine and healthy sleep habits.

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2023, 7:30-9:00 pm

Location: Rotary Centre for the Arts – 421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna (Boardroom at top of stairs)

RSVP (limited spots available!) by Feb 14​

Questions? Please feel free to email jillian@dsrf.org  

Cost: by donation (suggested donation: $25)

New Parent Group

The Down Syndrome Resource Foundation is pleased to announce the return of our New Parent Group to the Okanagan! This is an opportunity for local parents to connect and support each other while learning about Down syndrome from experienced professionals. Parents set the stage for the healthy development of children with Down syndrome to reach their full potential. In order to do so, parents need and deserve professional and social support, as well as strong connections to their local Down syndrome community.

Monthly meetings for parents of children 0-5 years old will take place online on Thursdays at 7:30 pm, with occasional in-person gatherings throughout the year.

Registration is $100 for 10 monthly meetings from September 2022 to June 2023. 

Registration is now closed.

Questions? Please feel free to email jillian@dsrf.org 

Tiny Talkers

Parents and their child with Down syndrome, ages 5 and under, will be coached to foster communication development through interactive play, singing, and reading, with a focus on implementing user-friendly sign language. This will also provide the opportunity for local parents to connect with each other in a fun and supportive environment!

Monthly interactive classes will take place on the first Tuesday of each month from 9:30-10:30 am at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna.

Registration is $200 for 9 monthly meetings from October 2022 to June 2023. (Note: some funding sources may cover this cost.) 

Registration is now closed.

Questions? Please feel free to email jillian@dsrf.org