STARS & other programming
Lil’ Stars (birth through 5 years)
This group organizes social events, especially for our member families with very young children and their siblings.
Events in 2017 included: PRIVATE SWIM/PIZZA PARTIES, LIL’ STARS GO TO MY GYM, PLAY DATE IN THE PARK, GO WIGGLING AND GIGGLING TO KINDERMUSIK
Super Stars (kindergarten - high school)
Meaningful social events for school-aged children in 2017 focused on fostering peer relationships for the individual with Down syndrome.
Events included: PRIVATE SWIM PARTY, Super Stars Go To Champions Fun Center, GO TO THE MOVIES
Teen/Young Adult Stars
Provided opportunities for older teens and young adults with Down syndrome to socialize with young adult mentors and peers in 2017. The addition of another leader enabled this group to grow and members benefited from the extra assistance and energy.
Events in 2017 included: GO TO THE MOVIES, GO BOWLING, MEET ME AT THE MALL, HEALTHY COOKING CLASS, SOCIAL BOOK CLUB, SENSORY FRIENDLY VALENTINE’S DANCE (in coordination with O.N.E. Coalition)
MOM'S NIGHT OUT
Gatherings are organized to offer a casual environment for fellow parents to network and enjoy an evening out. In 2017 moms met in Lincoln for dinner at Lazlo’s and la Paz.
A news source printed and sent to members quarterly offering a calendar of upcoming events, informative stories, and photos from events.
Opportunities were offered for parents to meet for a couple of hours at Braeda in Lincoln to share joys, challenges and stories.
PARENT BOOK STUDY
This pop-up offering in 2017 was organized by Liz Echternkamp. Participants gathered weekly over the course of two months to discuss the book, Supporting Positive Behavior in Children and Teens with Down Syndrome - The Respond but Don’t React Method, by David Stein, Psy.D.. DSAF offered the book for purchase at a discounted rate to members and volunteers were provided for those who needed childcare.
SOCIAL BOOK CLUB
Thanks to DSAF Board member, Dr. Chris Marvin, DSAF partnered with University of Nebraska-Lincoln Speech-Hearing Clinic to bring members ages 18-35 this semi-structured social opportunity. The club met weekly at the UNL Barkley Center and a local coffee shop for approximately 12 weeks during the Fall semester. UNL graduate students drove the gatherings, complete with syllabus of topics and plans for each session based on the book selection. Student clinicians were supervised by nationally-certified Speech-Language Pathologist Alicia Davis. All reading levels were welcome. Six participants paid $5/session, with balance of costs being unwritten by DSAF.
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