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 Office – RSVP by August 18th to firstname.lastname@example.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 Seminars – contact email@example.com 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 here.
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 here.
Talk Tools: Oral Placement Therapy to Improve Speech Clarity and
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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
From Emotions to Advocacy - The Special Education Survival Guide by Pamela
Wright and Peter Wright (2006).