One of the best gifts you can give your child is a great foundation before they begin kindergarten.
The DSAGT invites you to attend the four Smart Start sessions that will help you better understand what successful students with Down syndrome have in common.
Entering kindergarten is a critical transition for both children and parents. The Smart Start program is for you if you have asked yourself any of the following questions:
* Will my child be safe?
* Will my child be included?
* Will my child have friends?
* Will my child succeed?
Parents often worry about whether their child is ready for kindergarten and wonder how to best prepare.
You will have the opportunity to ask questions, learn about local resources, and meet other parents whose children are also preparing to enter kindergarten.
You will better understand what successful students with Down syndrome have in common.
Session 1: Student Readiness – potty training, high expectations, following rules and directions, handling schedule changes, insistence on compliance
Session 2: Parent/School Relations – communicating effectively, common mistakes, addressing concerns, what your teacher needs to know
Session 3: Placements & IEP’s – state assessments, IQ testing, inclusion, Individual Education Plans, creating IEP goals
Session 4: Fostering Friendships -social skills for success, creating social opportunities, successful play dates, community activities, peer presentations