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Down Syndrome Program News
Volume #1, Newsletter #9 October 2015





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Happy Birthday to Nate and Kelly!  They are both celebrating birthdays in October!

Happy Down Syndrome Awareness Month from our Leadership Team! 

Dr David Stein, Co-Director
Dr Nicole Baumer, Co-Director
Dr Emily Davidson, Director of Prenatal Services
Angela Lombardo, Program Coordinator

October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month! 

We are each celebrating this month in many ways.  One of our favorite things to do is to attend the MDSC Annual Buddy Walk and Family Festival!  Join us on Sunday, October 11 for this amazing event!  Come by and say hello to our team members at our BCH DS Program Table!  It's always a wonderful day visiting with old friends and making new ones!

You can also visit our Boston Children's DS Program Facebook page to read daily posts by our Program Coordinator and other team members throughout the month! 
Did you know...that October is also National Physical Therapy Month???

Physical therapists (or PTs) help people of all ages and participation
levels improve their strength and ability to move. 

Children in our Thursday clinic see PT at every visit. We can also set up a PT evaluation for children coming to our Tuesday or Wednesday clinics.

So roll, crawl, stand, walk, or run and give your PT a hug!
Saturday  November 14, 2015 from 10am – Noon

Emily Davidson, MD MPH, RYT is the Director of Prenatal Services for the Boston Children’s Hospital Down Syndrome Program and has been with the BCH Down syndrome Program since 2002. In addition to working in the DSP, she is an attending physician in the Complex Care Service where she works with children with multiple medical issues. Her research and community service interests include respite care, exercise for children with disabilities, and self-care for families. She has been practicing yoga for 17 years and is a Registered Yoga Teacher.  She
will lead the group in conversation about self-care, how to sneak in a little self-care in our crazy lives, and finding support from each other. She will also lead the group in a mindfulness exercise and some very relaxing chair yoga poses

Note Location: Boston Children’s Hospital – WALTHAM location

9 Hope Avenue, Waltham - Conference Room A (FREE parking)

All family members welcome!  Volunteers available for children’s recreation and support

RSVP by email to Sarah Cullen, MDSC  or call (781) 221-0024, ext. 206 with the names of each person who will be attending and whether or not you are bringing your child (limited child care available) – RSVP required!!

Refreshments will be served (please let us know with RSVP if you need gluten free or other dietary accommodations)

MDSC Educator's Forum:  Nov 18 
a full day of presentations by experts in the field of inclusion. Sessions often cover the following subjects: technology, literacy, behavior, socialization, teamwork, differentiated instruction, the paraprofessional’s role, transition, and gaining meaningful access to the general education curriculum.

Ruderman Inclusion Summit  Nov 1-2
The Ruderman Inclusion Summit will bring together all stakeholders in our community to foster strategic advocacy and awareness, peer to peer learning, best practice, networking and more. The Summit will feature internationally recognized leaders in the field, speaking and engaging with attendees on the critical issues of education, housing, employment, community and religious life.


Our psychiatrist, Dr Diana Deister will be presenting at our November Allen C. Crocker Speaker Series.  This will take place on November 17th!  More info to come!
Learning Program Boston and Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress!

They are offering a 6-part series Down Syndrome Early Education Workshops that will be hands-on, interactive and build upon each other in succession.  This is for parents and caregivers of children with Down syndrome between the ages of 3-5 who are just beginning to show an interest in letters and numbers!

Wed, Nov 4 – Understanding the Cognitive Profile & Expanding Vocabulary

Wed, Dec 2 – Teaching Whole Words

Wed, Jan 6 – Effective Learning Sessions

Wed, Feb 3 – Working with Your IEP Team

Wed, Mar 2 – Colors & Shapes

Wed, Apr 6 – Pre-Number Concepts

Inclement weather make-up date: Wed, May 4th

Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Location: MDSC’s offices at 20 Burlington Mall Road, Burlington, MA
Participants should plan to attend all 6 workshops for an optimal learning experience
Fee: $350 per participant and includes all books, materials & instructional handouts
(A limited number of financial scholarships will be made available)
For more information and to register, please contact  Julie Messina


Is your child due for their annual clinic visit?  Appointments this fall are filling up quickly!  As you know, we customize each child's visit, so reach out and let us know what we can do to help plan your appointments.  Our Down Syndrome Program providers are seeing patients on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, and our interdisciplinary baby/toddler clinic is on Thursday mornings.

More information about our clinics are available on our website.

Please contact Angela to discuss your needs and set up an appointment!
Our Vision

All individuals with Down syndrome are physically and emotionally healthy, engaged at their highest capacity in school or vocation, have meaningful family and social relationships, and are valued members of their communities.

Our Mission

To partner with families, interdisciplinary providers, and researchers to evaluate, treat, and investigate medical, cognitive, neurodevelopmental, educational, mental health, behavioral and social needs of individuals with Down syndrome from the time of diagnosis until transition to adult care.