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Family Support

Our Connection Groups offer opportunities for families to meet with those who have similar interests and are seeking peer support. Our programs are a safe and confidential place where we talk about issues we have in common with others.

These meetings are not only an outlet for support, but can also be an important and powerful way to give back to other DSCBA families by providing guidance from your own personal experiences as you grow in knowledge and understanding about Down syndrome. These groups are facilitated to help keep the dynamics of each member's input a helpful and meaningful experience. As a result of the connections made in these settings, many members experience lifelong friendships of support and understanding along with gaining powerful knowledge that leads to success for the child, the family and the community at large.

Early Connections (Conexiones Tempranas)

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Early Connections offers a friendly and supportive environment for parents and their babies (ages 0–3). We share helpful information to support your baby’s development. Some months we invite guest speakers and focus on a specific topic.

This group meets two times a month: one Wednesday morning and one Saturday morning.

Facilitator: Cathleen Small, Director of New Family Services & Medical Outreach

Location: DSCBA, 101-J Town and Country Dr, Danville

Wednesdays 10:30am­–12:00pm

Feb. 5, March 4, Apr 1, May 6, June 3, July 1, Sept. 2, Oct. 7, Nov. 4, Dec. 2

Saturdays 9:30am–11:00am

Jan. 18, Feb. 15, March 14, April 18, May 16, June 20, July 18, Aug.15, Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 21, Dec. 19

(Saturday meetings include a continental breakfast.)

Please contact Cathleen at cathleen@dscba.org or call her at (925) 362-8660 x104 if you are planning to attend. You may also contact her if you would like to be placed on the meeting email list or if you have questions about this group.


El grupo Early Connections ofrece un ambiente amistoso y de apoyo para los padres y sus bebés (de 0 a 3 años de edad). Compartimos información útil para apoyar el desarrollo de su bebé. Algunos meses presentamos oradores invitados y enfocan un tema específico. Este grupo se reúne dos veces al mes: un miércoles y un sábado por la mañana.

Facilitadora: Cathleen Small, Directora de Nuevos servicios para la familia y divulgación médica

Local: DSCBA, 101-J Town and Country Dr., Danville CA

Miércoles: 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

5 de febrero, 4 de marzo, 1 de abril, 6 de mayo, 3 de junio, 1 de julio, 2 de septiembre, 7 de octubre, 4 de noviembre y 2 de diciembre de 2020

Sábados: 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

18 de enero, 15 de febrero, 14 de marzo, 18 de abril, 16 de mayo, 20 de junio, 18 de julio, 15 de agosto, 19 de septiembre, 17 de octubre, 21 de noviembre y 19 de diciembre de 2020

(Las reuniones de los sábados incluyen un desayuno continental.)

Por favor si usted está planeando asistir, póngase en contacto con Cathleen por e-mail cathleen@dscba.org o llamarla al (925) 362-8660 extensión 104. También puede comunicarse con ella si le gustaría anotarse por correo electrónico en la lista de las reuniones o si tiene alguna pregunta sobre este grupo

 

Parents with School Aged Children

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This is a great opportunity to meet with other DSCBA parents to support each other with knowledge and information needed to meet the educational needs of your children and more. Share information and resources on many topics relating to your children, including educational best practices, health concerns, etc. In addition sometimes we host guest speakers from various professions to help contribute expert knowledge, answer questions, and provide resources to our network of parents.

Coordinator: Laurie Hawley

Location: Virtual via Zoom

2022 Meeting Times:

Thursday: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Oct 13th, Nov 3rd

Please email Programs@dscba.org if you have any questions. 

Parents of Children of All Ages

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Mom’s Coffee Chat

Moms of children of all ages are welcomed to join in on an opportunity to get together in the comfort of your own home with fellow moms and share in the joys and challenges of parenting.

2022 Meeting Time/Dates - 11am PST

Sept 18th, Oct 23rd, Nov 27th, Dec 18th

Facilitators: Laura Gordon, Keiri De Luca, Michelle Mah

Location: Via Zoom

Please email Programs@dscba.org if you have any questions. 



Dad’s Night

Dads of children of all ages are welcomed to join in on an opportunity to get to meet other dads.  This is a perfect way to get together in the comfort of your own home with other dads and share in the joys and challenges of parenting.

2022 Meeting Time/Dates - Every 4th Sunday of the Month: 7:30 - 9 p.m. 

Sept 25th, Oct 23rd

Facilitators: Vivek Mathrani, Jonas Kriksciunas, Nathan Leiser

Location: Via Zoom

Please email Programs@dscba.org if you have any questions.

Parents/Caregivers of Adults with Symptoms of Dementia

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If you are caring for someone with DS who exhibits symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia please join us in this monthly virtual meeting.

Meeting Times/Dates - 3rd Thursday of the Month: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Sep 15, Oct 20, Nov 17, Dec 15

Facilitator: Marianne Iversen, Paula Gann

Location: Virtual

Email: marianne@dscba.org

Grandparents

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are holding some meetings virtually and some in person. Please refer to the email sent out about each meeting to determine where and how the meeting will be held.

Grandparents of children with Down syndrome are welcomed and encouraged to join this monthly group. This is an opportunity to exchange information, share common experiences, and be encouraged by other grandparents with similar issues and concerns.

Facilitator: Cathleen Small

Location: DSCBA, 101-J Town and Country Dr, Danville

2022 Meeting Time/Dates: 10:00am–11:30am, Fourth Wednesday of the month

Sept 28, Oct 26, Dec 7

Please RSVP to Cathleen at cathleen@dscba.org if you would like to attend or with questions. 

Siblings

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Siblings may need support individually or in a group to talk about their feelings and to do activities to foster their growth. Sometimes, nondisabled siblings have feelings of anger, embarrassment, guilt and shame in regard to their sibling with Down syndrome, and those feelings may not be verbalized but instead may be acted out.

Whatever the reason, your child may want to talk about how they are feeling. If you would like more information please contact programs@dscba.org.

DSCBA Facebook Groups

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  • Young Connections at DSCBA
    • A DSCBA Connection group for parents of young and elementary-aged children. This private group provides a place to share and support one another in a respectful environment. 
       
  • DSCBA Homeschoolers
    • This private group, a part of the Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area (DSCBA), is open to parents, family members and caregivers who homeschool a child or adult having Down syndrome. This group also welcomes parents or persons in the Bay Area seeking more information about homeschooling their loved one with Down syndrome. This is a place for families to ask questions and share advice, resources, and experiences about the unique challenges, added stress, struggles and successes of homeschooling. The focus is on helping each other to find possible solutions, along with sharing humorous stories, in a safe, non-judgmental environment.
  • DSCBA Conexión de Síndrome Down del Área de la Bahía
    • Down Syndrome Connection es una organización apasionada y dedicada a fomentar el potencial ilimitado en niños y adultos con síndrome de Down en todo el Área de la Bahía de San Francisco desde 1998.
      Este es un lugar para que las familias y cualquier persona con un ser querido con el síndrome de Down puedan hacer preguntas, compartir consejos, recursos y experiencias sobre los desafíos únicos, el estrés adicional, los retos y los éxitos. La atención se centra en ayudarse mutuamente a encontrar posibles soluciones, junto con historias divertidas, en un entorno seguro y sin prejuicios.
       
  • DSCBA Dual Diagnosis Support
    • This private group, a part of the Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area (DSCBA), is open to parents, family members, caregivers, and others working with a child or adult having Down syndrome and autism in the Bay Area. This group also welcomes parents or persons in the Bay Area seeking more information about a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and autism.
      This is a place for families, and anyone touched by a person having dual diagnosis, to ask questions, share advice, resources, and experiences about the unique challenges, added stress, struggles and successes. The focus is on helping each other to find possible solutions, along with humorous stories, in a safe, non-judgmental environment.