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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. >Click here to see a video of one of our Peer Development Classes. 

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 Teresa Schaub at Teresa@dsconnection.org if you are interested in any of these classes.

Early Elementary (Danville)

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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.

Early Elementary (Ages 5-9) 

Facilitator: Susan Coulson, Assistant: K. Leigh Alfrey

Day/Time: Mondays 4:00pm–5:30pm

Location: DSCBA 101-J Town and Country, Danville

Fall Session 1: Sept. 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15

Fall Session 2: Oct. 29, Nov. 5, 26, Dec. 3, 10 (No class on Nov. 12, 19)

Transitioning Youth & Young Adults (Danville)

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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.

Tweens & Teens (Ages 12–17) 

Facilitator: Laura Briggs

Day/Time: Wednesdays 4:00pm–5:30pm

Location: DSCBA 101-J Town and Country, Danville

Fall Session 1: Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17 (No Class Sept. 12)

Fall Session 2: Nov. 7, 14, 28, Dec. 5, 12 (No Class Oct. 31 & Nov. 21)

 

Young Adults (Ages 19-24)

Facilitators: Marianne Iversen & Susan Coulson

Days/Times: Tuesdays 4:00pm–5:30pm

Location: DSCBA 101-J Town and Country, Danville

Fall Session 1: Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16

Fall Session 2: Oct. 30, Nov. 6, 13, 27, Dec. 4, 11 (No Class Nov. 20)

Teens (Peninsula)

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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.

For more information, contact Julie at julie@dsconnection.org.

Teens (Ages 13-17)

Facilitator: TBD

Location: Hope Lutheran Church, 600 42nd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403

Stay tuned for dates and & to be determined soon!

Adults (Benicia)

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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: Please Contact

Day/Time: Wednesday 4:00pm–5:30pm

Fall Session 1: Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10

Fall Session 2: Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 14, 28, Dec. 5, 12 (No Class Nov. 21) 

Young Adults (Berkeley)

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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. 

Adults age 18-25yrs 

Facilitator: Jesse Jacobson

Location: Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists 1606 Bonita Ave., Berkeley (Upstairs in the Connie Barbour room) 

Day/Time: Thursday 5:00pm–6:30pm

Fall Session 1: Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18

Fall Session 2: Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29, Dec. 6, 13 (No Class Nov. 22)

Adults (Danville)

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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

Day/Time: Thursday 4:00pm–5:30pm

Location: DSCBA 101-J Town and Country, Danville

Fall Session 1: Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18

Fall Session 2: Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29, Dec. 6, 13 (No Class Nov. 22)

Adults (Oakland)

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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: Zoe Manoguerra

Location: Interplay, 2273 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 

Day/Time: Wednesday 4:00pm–5:30pm

Fall Session 1: Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17 (Sept. 19 is off-site TBA)

Fall Session 2: Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 14, 28, Dec. 5, 12 (No Class Nov. 21)

Adults (San Francisco)

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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

Fall Session 1: Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16

Fall Session 2: Oct. 30, Nov. 6, 13, 27, Dec. 4, 11 (No Class Nov. 20)