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.

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.

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.