We didn't have any set course of action - we've just been doing what feels right to us, and planning activites that we enjoy. We have playgroup, which is kids birth - 5ish, and a Buddy Club that is kids 6-12. Some activites the whole group does together, some are geared more toward the bigger kids, some the little ones. We also have mom's night out every month. We get between 4 and 12 moms every month. Doesn't matter if you can come once or every month - everyone is welcome. Our activities have ranged from the Museum, to the pumpkin patch, to movie night with the mom's to watch Monica and David, to going to Granny's Garden. Some months we have great turn out some just a few. But all of them have been fun.
I love our group today. We know each other, we have a great time, we have birthday parties together, and socialize outside the formal group events. It is a blast!
So why do I think it is important for our family to participate in our local DS group, and why do I think you might want to as well? Here are my top reasons for getting involved today!
- Meet people who have children older than your's and get a glimse into what is to come
- Support people who are new to the Down syndrome community
- Have fun - our group isn't like a typical "support group" - we have a good time, laugh and socialize
- Give your child with Down syndrome peers who also have Down syndrome
- Give your "typical" kids the chance to interact with children their own age with Down syndrome so they can experience "more alike than different" first hand
- Give your child with Down syndrome the chance to play with the "typical" siblings their age
- Network about Early Intervention in your area
- Network about the medical community in your area
- Network about IEPs and schools
- Learn about programs and opportunities in your area
- Become more confident in your ability to successfully parent your child with Down syndrome
- Make lifelong friends who you will know and trust in 18 years to come up with innovative housing and social activities for your child