Teen & Adult Programs

It’s important individuals with Down syndrome remain active in the community through their school years and beyond.  DSAGSL offers several direct programs for teens & adults with Down syndrome, both online and in person.  We utilize Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube for our virtual programming, and our multi-purpose room at the DSAGSL for in-person programs. It’s our mission to build inclusive, accessible programs that everyone can enjoy! We hope you’ll join us

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Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning is a program for adults 21+ with a focus on problem solving, critical thinking, self-determination, and memory care.  Activities include arts & crafts, group games, and music therapy. 

Each session is only $50.  Scholarships are available.  

June session dates: 11, 18, 25 from 9:00-11:00am.

This 3-week session is for ALL participants levels, and is free.  Class size is limited, and registration is open (click ‘register here’ below).

After the June session, we will spend the summer enhancing this program, and adding new activities and curriculum.  That session will begin on Tuesday, September 10th.  Stay tuned for more details.

 

Fusion Friday

Fridays from 9:30am – 1:00pm

Fusion Friday is for adults 18+.  Activities focus on building confidence, social and conversational skills, and just plain fun!  We play group conversation games, have music, dance parties and crafting. And of course, BINGO!   •   Please brink a lunch and drink.

Can’t join us in-person? Try logging onto Zoom!  This hybrid program offers a virtual component so that everyone can join in.

Registration is required for both in-person and virtual. Please register one time per session (fall, winter, spring, summer).

Fusion Friday is only $5 per class, which helps the DSAGSL cover the cost of materials.  Payment is only required for in-person attendance, and virtual attendance remains free.  After registration, visit the payment page to purchase a 10-class, 20-class, 30-class, or 40 class punch card!  We will keep the card at DSAGSL and participants will only pay for the classes they attend.

Questions? Contact Andi at andi@dsagsl.org.

Rock 21

Registration has closed for the next session!

Rock21 is a great way for people with Down syndrome who love music to learn how to be in a band with others and play their favorite songs together.  No musical or instrument knowledge is required!

For this session, there will be 6 rehearsals, beginning  the 1st week of May. Tuesdays, rehearsals will start May 7th. Friday rehearsals will start May 10th.  There will not be class on Tue, 5/28 and Fri, 5/31. 

The fee for this session is $100. Scholarships are available.
 
Join us for the ROCK21 Concert!
The concert will be on Sunday, June 23 at Millwoods Sports Bar & Grill in Maryland Heights, MO. Doors open at 11am and the show starts at 11:30am! Tickets are only $10.

Questions?  Contact Andi at:  andi@dsagsl.org

Improv Class

Wednesdays from 10:00-11:00am on ZOOM

Join us for fun games and activities that encourage & enhance communication and critical thinking skills.

For teens and adults 16+. All participants should register for the session they are participating in.

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Let's Talk

Wednesdays 12:00-1:00pm on ZOOM

This program is for individuals with Down syndrome 16+ to come and hang out together, play word games, and talk about anything and everything! No registration is required.

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BINGO! with Andi

Wednesdays from 3:00-4:00pm on Zoom

Join your friends for a fun game of Bingo!  No registration required.

Don’t forget to bring your Bingo card!    Need a Bingo card?  Contact Andi at:  andi@dsagsl.org

Ukulele Club

Thursdays from 7:00-8:00pm on ZOOM    

Current session runs through May 23, 2024.

Practice the ukulele with an instructor and all your friends!  No previous experience necessary. Participants will learn and practice songs together. 

Need a ukulele?  Contact Andi at: andi@dsagsl.org

DSAGSL + Conquer Therapy Services - Small Group

Conquer is offering a unique small group, led by an Occupational Therapist, designed to take a deeper dive into social and life skills that can lead to a more meaningful life.  For ages 18+.  This group is held at the DSAGSL Office in Brentwood.

Life Skills Deep Dive : Tuesday’s 10:45-11:45 | April 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21 | $25/week

Life Skills Group will take a deep dive into life’s practical domains, mastering tasks such as budgeting, meal planning, time management, and organizational skills. This group offers a comprehensive approach and will reflect/ build on activities done within the Lifelong Learning Program, empowering you with the specific and individualized tools needed for a more independent and skillful daily life.

SPOTS ARE LIMITED, SO CALL OR EMAIL TODAY TO SIGN UP!

jamie@conquertherapyservices.com | 314-828-1443

 

2 additional Connections Classes will be added in September.

Group 1: participants will focus on building foundational social skills essential for personal growth. Individuals will learn to engage in successful conversations, make and maintain friends, adjust communication across settings, develop social confidence, and master the art of understanding nonverbals and navigating conflicts for a more enriching social experience.

Group 2: Social Skills Group B, delves into advanced communication strategies, explores the intricacies of social dynamics, and boosts social confidence. This group will enable you to navigate diverse social situations with ease and effectiveness, all while building valuable life skills for personal and professional growth.

Circle of Friends and Teen Socials

DSAGSL will be hosting inclusive social events throughout the year on Fridays featuring music, dancing, group games, crafts, and more!  Participants with Down syndrome and their typical peers will pair up, build friendships, and have fun together!

Teen Night for ages 13-17 will be Friday evening from 5:30-8:00pm on May 10 and September 13.  

Circle of Friends for ages 18+ will be Friday evening from 5:30-8:00pm on August 9 and November 15.

Buddy Up Tennis & Buddy Up Fitness

DSAGSL has partnered with Buddy Up for Life to bring two awesome fitness programs to the Greater St. Louis area!  

Buddy Up Tennis is a 90-minute tennis and fitness program specifically created for individuals with Down syndrome ages 10+.  Buddy volunteers are partnered with Athletes to provide support, reinforce instruction, and develop friendships. No tennis experience required. 

Buddy Up Fitness is a 60-minute, HITT style workout created for individuals with Down syndrome ages 12+ focused on developing core strength, balance, and stability. Athletes individually progress through multiple levels of exercises as their endurance and strength improves.  

Both Programs are currently full!  Keep an eye out for next sessions dates coming soon!

Regression Support Group

Down syndrome regression disorder (DSRD), also referred to as regression, is a rare, but serious, disorder that occurs in some adolescents and young adults with Down syndrome.

Regression is used to describe the loss of skills an individual has previously learned. These skills can be daily living, language, movement, or social skills. The loss is often sudden and occurs over a period of weeks to months.  

If you are caring for someone with Down syndrome who exhibits signs of regression, the DSAGSL invites you to join us – on Zoom or in-person –  for this group conversation.

Meetings are on the 3rd Friday of every month from 10:00am – 12:00pm at the DSAGSL office.

For more information, contact Makini Anwisye at: Makini@dsagsl.org.

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