DSAGSL Back to School Edition

Summer is nearly over and it is time to think about getting your child ready for the new school year.  Most children need time to get back into the school routine, but for children with Down syndrome it can be even tougher.  Sharing information with your child’s teacher can help with the transition. For younger students, consider the All About Me booklet to help teachers understand your child.  If there are new teachers, therapists or support personnel, send them a copy of Supporting the Student with Down Syndrome in Your Classroom. Keep the lines of communication open with e-mails, parent/teacher conferences and daily communication logs. Challenges can be dealt with proactively and success can be celebrated!

Back to School Night and Ambassador Training for Parents and Caregivers
Tuesday, August 19,
at the DSAGSL OfficeRSVP by August 18th to erin@dsagsl.org or 314-961-2504
**Dinner and childcare provided**

5:00pm – 5:45pm: Community Ambassador Training
      Presenting information about Down syndrome and your child offers you the
      opportunity to share your student's likes and dislikes, encourage friendship and
      promote inclusion. Participants will leave with presentation ideas and examples.

6:00pm – 8:00pm: Back to School Night
Join us to discuss important topics like getting your student ready for school,
     communicating with your child's team, inclusion and more!

Upcoming Seminarscontact erin@dsagsl.org for more information

      See below for upcoming seminars and workshops or send a letter with these opportunities to your child's teachers and administraiton.

Inclusive Best Practices to Support the Student with Down Syndrome

9am - 3:30pm on:
September 8 - Columbia
September 10 - Cape Girardeau
September 12 - St. Louis

This exciting workshop features international speakers Patti McVay, M.Ed. and Laurie Pachl. This unique team brings a wealth of information to assure the success of your student, including: processes, tools and ideas for curriculum planning, positive behavior supports, IEPs and more! For more info and to register, click 

              Para Professional Workshop
1-4pm, September 19 - DSAGSL         
          Paraprofessionals are a vital part of the educational team and we want to give
          them the tools they need to help your child succeed! The DSAGSL will provide
          important information, resources, tips and strategies for the paraprofessional
          working with students with Down syndrome. Paraprofessionals may RSVP to

               Education Specialist Program
Did you know that you can request teacher training in your child's IEP? Well
           the DSAGSL is now accepting applications to our Education Specialist
           Program! 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 and encourage your child's teacher and staff to do so as
           well! Find more information 

               Talk Tools: Oral Placement Therapy to Improve Speech Clarity and
           Feeding Skills
           8:30am – 4pm, October 10 in Cape Girardeau and October 11 at DSAGSL

          Attend and encourage your child’s therapists to attend this workshop where
          you will learn about the importance of oral placement and therapies to
          improve speech and feeding.

                   Oral Placement Therapy: A Parent’s Guide
5 - 7pm, October 11 – DSAGSL

           A condensed version of the day-long workshop is offered for parents to learn
          at-home strategies for improving feeding and speech clarity. **dinner

Individualized IEP Consultations with National Experts

Patti McVay, M.Ed. and Laurie Pachl, parent, are international speakers and experts in the education and inclusion of children with Down syndrome. Between their Missouri workshops, they will be offering individualized IEP consultations for families struggling with their child’s education or who just need additional advocacy and planning. There will be ten, 75-minute spots available in Cape Girardeau on September 9 and St. Louis on September 11. Spaces are first come, first serve so contact DSAGSL today erin@dsagsl.org, christy@dsagsl.org, 314-961-2504 or online here.

The Learning Program
The Maren Fund, Inc Learning Program offers classes for parents and children
with Down syndrome between the ages of 2-13+ years. Check out the classes on their website. Download the Learning Program Registration Packet, here. If you have any questions, please contact Julie Williams at 314.258.2955 orjulie@marenfund.org.

Online Resources – Education, Inclusion, Advocacy

Education Resource Materials from the DSAGSL

DSAGSL Lending Library - Library Name DSAGSL

Down Syndrome Education USA

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Illinois State Board of Education

MPACT - Parent Advocacy Training and Resources

National Center for Learning Disabilities

National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS)

St. Louis County Special School District

State of Missouri Disability Portal

Wrightslaw - Accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities for parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys.

Implenting Inclusion

DSAGSL Lending Library

Below are just a sample of the books we offer in our lending library. For a complete list, search our library online, here.  (library name: DSAGSL) or visit the office!

Building Inclusive Schools by Ann T. halvorsen and Thomas Neary (2001).
     Effective Advocacy at the IEP Meeting by Jeanne Rothermel and Stephanie
          Maucher (2007).
     From Emotions to Advocacy - The Special Education Survival Guide by Pamela
          Wright and Peter Wright (2006).

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Upcoming Events

Visit our calendar online for events from us, our community groups, third party fundraisers along with Pujols Family Foundation, Albert Pujols Wellness Center at St. Luke's and DADS St. Louis!

Save the Date!

Hockey Camp - August 1-2
Lego Nature Connects - August 12
Family Movie Night - August 15
New Mother's Luncheon - August 23

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