We’re Proud To Continue Offering Our Learning Program

Inspired by 30 years of research conducted by Down Syndrome Education International, The Learning Program was developed by the Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County (DSFOC) in 2004 to teach parents to be effective first teachers for their children with Down syndrome.

Today we know more than ever about the cognitive profile of individuals with Down syndrome. Strengths include visual learning, reading, and social skills. Weaknesses often include speech and language, and verbal short-term memory.

The Learning Program is an innovative program that delivers evidence-based educational support to children, parents and teachers with the goal of improving the overall development and academic success of children with Down syndrome using the results of this research.

DSA Northern Virginia, Affiliate Partner

Registration for the 2017-2018 Learning Program will open this summer. If you are interested, please contact Kim at education@dsagr.org

The (DSAGR) just completed the 4th year of the Learning Program providing direct monthly instruction in literacy, math, fine motor skills, and language for both child and parent. Children receive hands-on learning in centers that focus on literacy, math and fine motor/handwriting in a classroom setting led by a qualified teacher and occupational therapist with volunteers to maintain a low teacher to student ratio. DSAGR will has two classes with up to 12 children in each class.   Level 1 class is  for ages 4 to 6 (pre-K to 1st) and Level 3 is for  ages ranging from 7 to 12 years (1st to 5th grade) Parents receive instructions in a separate ‘parent only’ class (held at the same time as the children’s class) on how to continue this education at home and in other settings.

The cost for the full program is $240 for all 8 sessions and includes all materials. As tuition does not cover all expenses, DSAGR is proud to make this program possible.  All classes are held Saturdays from 9:30am to 11:00am.   Learning Program Flyer. Registration for 2016-2017 classes are now closed. 

September 24, October 29, November 19, January 21, February 18, March 25, April 22, May 6

The classes will be held at: River Road Church, Baptist, 8000 River Road, Richmond, VA 23229

Note: The Level 3 class will be a blended class of 1st through 5th grade with differentiated stations. The parent session will consist of presentations from Learning Program for Level 3 for math and reading and guest presentations for several of the classes. Depending on the ages of the students that sign up, we will do our best to design a student and parent class that meets all needs. 

For questions about the Learning Program, please contact Kim Owens at education@dsagr.com.

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