DS 101

DS101 is for siblings age 5-7 who could benefit from a simple introduction to Down syndrome. Led by a teacher with 4 young children, including one with Ds, the program offers the right balance of information and fun. The goal of DS101 is to provide a basic in simple language and with fun activities that are neither intimidating nor frightening.

Held twice yearly in conjunction with the Winter/Summer Family Swim Parties.

For more information, contact us at info@upsfordowns.org, call (847) 895-2100 or check the online calendar.

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.

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.