The DSAGSL hosts and recommends educational workshops throughout the year. These workshops cover a variety of issues and concerns, ranging from early health intervention to information for transitioning to post-education adult life. We also offer a variety of health and wellness programs.

See below for upcoming seminars and workshops:

Now Taking Applications for the Education Specialist Program!

The DSAGSL is now accepting applications to our Education Specialist Program! The Down Syndrome Education Specialist Partnership Program is a joint effort between greater St. Louis area schools, agencies, parents and the DSAGSL. The goal of the partnership is to provide support for educators, parents and professionals seeking to build a meaningful education for students with Down syndrome. This FREE four-part workshop begins in September and provides 20 hours of meaningful training as well as continuing education units. Please apply by August 15th. See below for more information and for applications. Teachers please complete the application AND the MOU. Others only need the application.

Flyer      Teacher Application      Parent Application      Professional Application

DSAGSL Workshop Series

The DSAGSL is pleased to host workshops for parents, professionals and individuals with Down syndrome throughout the year. Below are the remaining scheduled workshops for 2014.

Inclusive Best Practices for the Student with Down Syndrome, featuring international speakers Patti McVay and Laurie Pachl. 

Patti McVay and Laurie Pachl from Down Syndrome Unites- Championing All Disabilities, will be sharing researched best practices to assure the success of all students in general education. They will be sharing specific processes, tools, and ideas for curriculum planning, positive behavior supports, IEPs, visuals and much more. Every participant, parent and educator will leave with ideas they can implement the next day, and feel empowered to take the steps they know are best for their child or student. Kids are first!! This unique team brings a wealth of information, experience and expertise along with some great fun! REGISTRATION IS $10 to cover lunch.

September 8, 9 – 3:30 pm @ University of Missouri, Memorial Student Union, 2nd Floor, Benton Bingham Ballrooms, Columbia, MO

September 10, 9-3:30 pm @ SE Regional Development Ctr, Downtown Cape Girardeau

September 12, 9-3:30 pm @ St. Louis County Library Indian Trails Branch
This session is full. Thank you for your interest and make sure you sign up for our e-news so you can be informed of upcoming educational offerings!

September 19, 1-4pm – Back to School for Paraprofessionals. Paraprofessionals will learn about their important role in the education of a student with Down syndrome as well as tips and strategies to use in the classroom. Hosted at the DSAGSL Office. FREE EVENT! *Dinner and Child Care Provided*

October 10 (Cape Girardeau) & 11 (St. Louis), 8:30am-4pm – Talk Tools: Oral Placement Therapy to Improve Speech Clarity and Feeding Skills. Talk Tools’ innovative tactile-sensory approach to speech therapy uses therapy tools to train muscle movements for improved feeding safety and speech clarity. Parents and therapists learn how these highly motivating motor activities can be used to improve phonation, resonation, and speech clarity. $175 Registration Fee & DSAGSL has six (6) full scholarships available! Learn more and register at:

October 11, 6-8pm – Oral Placement Therapy: A Parent’s Guide. At this FREE EVENT parents will understand the importance of stability in the body for mobility in the mouth, the relationship between feeding and speech production, and how to use Talk Tools to improve oral muscle function, articulation and drooling. Hosted at the DSAGSL Office. *Dinner and Child Care Provided* Contact for more information and to RSVP.

October 24, 9am-3pm – Education Specialist: Behavior Signs, Strategies and Solutions. As one part of our Ds Education Specialist Program, participants will learn the fundamentals about what different behaviors may mean in a child with Ds as well as strategies that you can use at home or in the classroom to remedy problem behaviors. FREE EVENT. Hosted at the DSAGSL Office.

November 11, 5-7:30pm – Aging and Down Syndrome: Health Care Guidelines and Research. Parents and health professionals are invited to join the DSAGSL and Wellness Center for Adults with Down Syndrome for a reception from 5-6pm and presentations from local experts. You will learn important information about caring for an adult with Down syndrome from Alzheimer’s disease to routine guidelines. FREE EVENT. Hosted at the Emerson Auditorium at St. Luke’s Hospital.

December 5, 9am-3pm – Education Specialist: Curriculum Modifications for Students with Down Syndrome. Professors in special education will teach and demonstrate unique and appropriate learning strategies for students with Down syndrome as well as tips on modifying curriculum for use in the classroom and at home. FREE EVENT.

Coffee Talk Monthly Speaker Series

Our monthly Coffee Talk Speaker Series is a way for parents, caregivers and professionals to meet in an informal setting, learn about topics important to individuals with Down syndrome, ask questions and share strategies. Join us monthly on the Third Tuesday of the month at 6:00pm for Coffee Talk. Our next topic is Mental Wellness in Teens and Adults!  2013-14 Archived Coffee Talks


Community Awareness Ambassadors

Our trained parent, professional and self-advocate ambassadors are ready and willing to come present current information on Down syndrome and Ability Awareness. Contact the DSAGSL at  to schedule a speaker for your school or organization or to become a trained speaker yourself!


Our Toastmasters group is a great way to improve public speaking skills, build confidence, make friends and enhance professional skills. Teens and adults of all abilities can join our inclusive, welcoming club. Toastmasters meets the first Tuesday of every month from 4:30 – 6pm at the DSAGSL office. Come and check us out! To learn more, contact Erin at

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