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Peer Development Classes

We are proud to offer our Peer Development Classes—a therapeutic program that is educational and developmental, geared specifically to the needs of children born with Down syndrome. These classes embody a unique combination of cognitive skills and social/behavioral interaction.

Our Peer Development Classes are conducted by age group with a focus on developing strong core strength, gross and fine motor as well as social and friendship-building skills.

There is a small fee for our classes; please call for the schedule. Scholarships are available >Click here for scholarship application.

Ages listed below are a guideline and are based on current attendees in the classes. Please contact Marianne Iversen at Marianne@dsconnection.org if you are interested in any of these classes.

Children

Program

Class activities focus on improving motor skills through challenging obstacle courses; working on cognitive tasks as we learn to follow, interpret and comprehend a story; developing social interaction as we learn to wait our turn, encourage others and adapt to an environment of cooperation, interaction and socialization.

Danville

Early Elementary (Ages 5-9) 

Facilitators: Susan Coulson, Assistant: K. Leigh Alfrey

Day/Time: Mondays 3:30pm–5:00pm

No Summer Session. 

Transitioning Youth & Young Adults

More Information

The goals of the transtioning youth and young adult classes are to improve students’ language development, reading comprehension, confidence and self-expression. The emphasis is on enhancing socialization skills, building friendships and practicing teamwork, cooperation and respect for self and others.

Danville

Tweens & Teens (Ages 10–16) 

Facilitator: Laura Briggs

Day/Time: Wednesdays 4:00pm–5:30pm

No Summer Session. 

Young Adults (Ages 17-23)

Facilitators: Marianne Iversen & Susan Coulson

Days/Times: Tuesdays 4:00pm–5:30pm

No Summer Session. 

Adults (Danville)

More Information

These classes are groups that support key skills for the adult-aged population. We focus on skill building in three main areas: Social/Friendship, Leisure/Recreation and Inter/Independent Living. These very active and fun groups emphasize positive communication and social values, personal awareness and empowerment through vital peer and group relationships, fitness and recreation, and creative movement and the expressive arts. Emphasis is on ability and personal responsibility in a safe and exciting group.

 

Facilitator: Marianne Iversen and Susan Coulson

Location: DSCBA, 101 J Town and Country, Danville 

Day/Time: Thursday 4:00pm–5:30pm

No Summer Session. 

Adults (Benicia)

More Information

These classes are groups that support key skills for the adult-aged population. We focus on skill building in three main areas: Social/Friendship, Leisure/Recreation and Inter/Independent Living. These very active and fun groups emphasize positive communication and social values, personal awareness and empowerment through vital peer and group relationships, fitness and recreation, and creative movement and the expressive arts. Emphasis is on ability and personal responsibility in a safe and exciting group.

Facilitator: Tamara Reed

Location: Benicia

Day/Time: Wednesday 4:00pm–5:30pm

Summer Session: June 7, 14, 21 28

Adults (Oakland)

More Information

These classes are groups that support key skills for the adult-aged population. We focus on skill building in three main areas: Social/Friendship, Leisure/Recreation and Inter/Independent Living. These very active and fun groups emphasize positive communication and social values, personal awareness and empowerment through vital peer and group relationships, fitness and recreation, and creative movement and the expressive arts. Emphasis is on ability and personal responsibility in a safe and exciting group.

Facilitator: Lindsey Anderson 

Location: Inter Play, 2273 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 

Day/Time: Wednesday 4:00pm–5:30pm

No Summer Session. 

Adults (San Francisco)

More Information

These classes are groups that support key skills for the adult-aged population. We focus on skill building in three main areas: Social/Friendship, Leisure/Recreation and Inter/Independent Living. These very active and fun groups emphasize positive communication and social values, personal awareness and empowerment through vital peer and group relationships, fitness and recreation, and creative movement and the expressive arts. Emphasis is on ability and personal responsibility in a safe and exciting group.

Facilitator: Christina Lewis

Location: John O'Connell H.S. of Technology, 2355 Folsom St., Rm 111, San Francisco

Day/Time: Tuesday 4:00pm–5:30pm

No Summer Session.