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Welcome

We understand that this time must be filled with mixed emotions for you and your family, and we want you to know that you are not alone in your journey. We would like to suggest that in reading about Down syndrome, you take your time and digest only the information that is helpful to you. It is our philosophy that your baby is a baby first, with Down syndrome second.

We are here to support you in every way possible and welcome you to contact us with any questions you may have. You may reach Nancy, director of parent support, at (925) 362-8660 or nferguson@dsconnection.org.

Early Connections Support Group

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Early Connections offers a friendly and supportive environment for parents and their babies (ages 0–3) with Down syndrome. We share helpful information to support your baby’s development. Some months we invite guest speakers and focus on a specific topic. This group meets two times a month, one Wednesday morning and one Saturday morning.

Facilitator: Nancy Ferguson, Director of Parent Support

Location: DSCBA, 101J Town and Country Dr, Danville

Wednesdays 10:30am­–12:00pm

July 5, Oct. 4*, Nov. 1, Dec. 6

Saturdays 9:30am to 11:00am

July 29*, Aug. 19*, Sept. 9*, Oct. 21*, Nov. 18, Dec. 16

 (Saturday meetings include a continental breakfast.)

*Please note: July 29, Aug. 19, Sept. 9, Oct. 4 & 21 will be held at Rolling Hills Community Church, 1565 Green Valley Rd, Danville

Please contact Nancy at nferguson@dsconnection.org or call her at (925) 362-8660 if you would like to be placed on the meeting email list or if you have questions about this group.

Expectant Parent Resources

More Information

A book full of real-life accounts of families who have received a Down syndrome diagnosis- Available here.

A Pregnant Mother’s Guide to Down Syndrome- downsyndromepregnancy.org

Understanding the Diagnosis of Down Syndrome- Click here for this resource from NDSS

Receiving a Down Syndrome Diagnosis from Brighter Tomorrows- Click here

New Parents

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Welcome and congratulations to you on the birth of your baby!

The birth of a new baby is most often filled with joy and wonderment; however, having a child with Down syndrome can be a time filled with mixed emotions for you and your family members. We hope that we will be of support to you and help you to realize that you are not alone. We would love to talk with you and introduce you to our programs, resources and support services.

You have more time than you think to learn about the many blessings and challenges that lie ahead of you, and at this time we encourage you to bond with your newborn and realize your baby is a baby first, with Down syndrome second.

New Parent Resources

More Information

A book full of real-life accounts of families who have received a Down syndrome diagnosis- Available here

The Parent’s Guide to Down Syndrome: Advice, Information, Inspiration, and Support for Raising Your Child from Diagnosis Through Adulthood- Available on Amazon

Babies with Down Syndrome: A New Parents’ Guide- Available on Amazon

Gifts: Mothers Reflect on How Children with Down Syndrome Enrich Their Lives- Available here

A good video with families sharing their experiences. Watch here