Spring Family Concert

Jim Gill Family Concert

Get ready for some dancing, wiggling, clapping, and singing as we join one of our favorite children’s entertainers, Jim Gill with his outrageous facial expressions and silly banjo playing while he belts out some of our favorite tunes. Jim Gill is well-known as an award-winning musician, however, he is also a child development specialist with a graduate degree from the Erikson Institute of Chicago.

This is one event where it is absolutely okay, even expected, for parents and children to be wiggly, silly and have fun together! This spring event is generally held in February or March.

For more information on date and location please email info@upsfordowns.org, look to the newsletter or check our online calendar. For more information, visit www.JimGill.com.

Can I help my Friend?

Yes! Play with and talk to people with Down syndrome. If they are having trouble playing a game, give them time and a little extra help or ask them what game they would like to play. Be clear in what you are saying. Find out what your friend likes to do. Just hang out together and see what happens. You are more alike than you are different.

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.