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:

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. Contact Erin for more information at

Bodies and Boundaries  presented by Terri Couwenhoven
Saturday, April 12; 9am – 3pm
St. Luke’s Hospital-Emerson Auditorium, North Medical Office Bldg., 222 South Woods Mill Road, Chesterfield, MO 63017
For anyone caring for or working with individuals with Down syndrome. Cost is $10 per parent/caregiver/professional and includes lunch.
A FREE concurrent workshop for individuals with Down syndrome ages 13+ will be offered and presented by certified Sexual Health and Disability Educator, Jessica Naslund. 

Space is limited! REGISTER HERE BY APRIL 4

The DSAGSL and The Pujols Wellness Center for Adults with Down Syndrome welcome Terri Couwenhoven, author of Teaching Children with Down Syndrome about Their Bodies, Boundaries, and Sexuality. Nationally known author and certified health educator, who is also the mother of a child with Down syndrome, Terri encourages parents to be proactive and talk directly and openly to children, teens, and adults about their bodies, personal boundaries, privacy, puberty, relationships and abuse prevention. This five hour interactive workshop, targeting parents with children, teens and adults, will cover sexual learning in individuals with disabilities, normal development across the lifespan, and issues and concerns during puberty and beyond. Terri’s gentle, matter-of-fact approach combined with extensive knowledge and experience make her a popular speaker with self-advocates, parents and professionals around the country. A concurrent program about personal hygiene, friendship, and safety for individuals with Down syndrome and will be presented by certified Sexual Health and Disability Eduator, Jessica Naslund. For more information, contact Erin at


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 6:30pm at the DSAGSL office for Coffee Talk.

2013-14 Archived Coffee Talks

Financial Planning with Valerie Baker and Sal Ferranto, Special Needs Planners, Cornerstone Financial Group – March 18
Audio/Video     10 Financial Steps for Caregivers
The Incredible, Flexible You! with Sue Conklin, MS, CCC-Slp and President of Therapy Relief Inc. – February 18
Audio/Video     Flexible You Presentation
2-Hour Special Education Edition: We Got an iPad, Now What? with Lori and David Holbrook followed by How to have your Best IEP with MPACT Regional Facilitator, Carla Abild – January 21
Audio     Audio/Video     iPad Presentation     MPACT IEP Kit    DSAGSL IEP Kit
New Research in Down Syndrome with Dr. Scott Wildman – December 17
Toddler and Preschool Behavior with Stacy Altrup, MA, co-founder and Program Director of Dynamic Pathways, LLC – November 19
Audio     Audio/Video     Toddler Behavior Handout
Promoting Inclusion with Kristy Peck, Special Ed Consultant – October 24
Audio     Audio/Video     Inclusion Handouts
Behavior Strategies for Children with Down syndrome with Carla Douglas, OTR/L and co-owner of Therapy4Kids, LLC - September 26
Back to School Night with Christy Klaus, DSAGSL Family Support Coordinator and Linda Kronmiller, DSAGSL volunteer and parent of child with Down syndrome – August 1
Audio     Back to School Packet

Down Syndrome Specialist Program

Do you need a Down Syndrome Education Specialist for your school?

A Down Syndrome Education Specialist (DSES) is an educator trained to help facilitate the education of students with Down syndrome in your school district. The DSAGSL will begin accepting applications for the 2014-15 Down Syndrome Education Specialist program on March 1, 2014 and will be accepted through August 1. 

Click here to view our informational PDF about the 2013-14 DSES Program.

Teacher packet

Our informational teacher packet, Supporting the student with Down syndrome in your classroom, is a helpful tool to distribute to your child’s teacher. It offers strategies, tips and methods to best educate and understand students with Down syndrome.

Click here to download our teacher packet.

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 6:30 – 8pm at the DSAGSL office. Come and check us out! To learn more, contact Erin at

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