Teen Scene

Teens with Down syndrome, ages 12 to 18, are invited to participate in social activities at least once per month.  Activities, dates, day of week, times vary depending upon the particular activity for that month.  Cost is generally $5 per event with UPS for DownS subsidizing additional costs.

Detailed information is communicated in the UPS for DownS monthly newsletter and through e-mail.  Teen siblings and friends are also welcome at all of our events.  These activities are intended to promote friendships with each other and to be participatory and interactive with others throughout the community.

You are responsible for timely communicating any exceptional behavioral, dietary or supervision needs that your teen may have, so that we may safely program for all who attend.

Why does my friend with Down Syndrome act differently than other kids?

People with Down syndrome have difficulty with language and talking.  Many kids want to interact and play with their friends, but don't know how, are afraid they won't be understood, or afraid they will be told "no, you can't play". Some kids with Down syndrome get overwhelmed when too many things are going on at the same time.

Do people with Down syndrome have feelings?

Yes. Just like everyone, people with Down syndrome have feelings. They can feel happy, silly, sad, sorry, or upset - just like you. People with Down syndrome enjoy friends and family and can be hurt when someone teases or makes fun of them - just like you.