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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.(Word Document, not accessible on all mobile devices)

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.

Young Adults (Antioch)

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The goals of the transitioning 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. 

Young Adults (Antioch)

Tuesdays, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Facilitator: Lynda Green 

Class Location: Elite Dance & Event Center, 304 G Street, Antioch Ca 94509 

S1: Sept. 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15 (10/22 NO Class) 

S2: Oct. 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, (11/26 NO Class), Dec. 3, 10 

 

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) , Mondays, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

Facilitator: Susan Coulson, Assistant: K. Leigh Alfrey

Session 1: Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14 *(10/21 NO Class)

Session 2: Oct. 28, Nov. 4, *(11/11 NO Class), 18, *(11/25 NO Class), Dec. 2, 9

*No class 10/21 Session break, 11/11 Veteran’s Day, 11/25 Thanksgiving week

Tweens/Teens & 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), Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Facilitator: Laura Briggs

Session 1: Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9 *(10/16, 10/23 NO Class)

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

*NO class 10/16, 10/23 Session break, 11/27 Thanksgiving week

 

Young Adults (Ages 19-24), Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Facilitators: Marianne Iversen - Susan Coulson

 

Session 1: Sept. 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15 *(10/22 NO Class)

Session 2: Oct. 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, *(11/26 NO Class), Dec. 3, 10

*No class 10/22 Session break, 11/26 Thanksgiving week

 

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.

Adults, Thursdays, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Facilitators: Marianne Iversen - Susan Coulson

 

Session 1: Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17 *(10/24 NO Class)

Session 2: Nov. 7, 14, 21, *(11/28 No Class), Dec. 5, 12 

*NO class 10/21-24 Session Break, 11/27 Thanksgiving week, 12/23–1/3 Winter Break

 

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. 

Young Adults (Ages 18 - 25) Thursdays, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Facilitators: Reise Tanner – Jennifer Cooper 

 

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists
Connie Barbour Rm (upstairs),1606 Bonita Ave., Brkly

S1: Sept 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, (10/31 NO Class)

S2: Nov 7, 14, 21, (11/28 No Class), Dec 5, 12

 

Young Adults (Castro Valley)

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The goals of the transitioning 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.

Castro Valley – Young Adults, Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Facilitator: Breonnie Barros

Faith Lutheran Church, Classroom #3
20090 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley

S1: Sept 10, 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, (10/22 NO Class)
S2: Oct 29, Nov 5, 12, 19,(11/26 NO Class), Dec 3, 10

 

 

Tweens & Teens (Dublin)

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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 Teresa at teresa@dsconnection.org.

Tweens & Teens, Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Facilitator: Terese Ghilarducci

John Knox Presbyterian Church, Room D
7421 Amarillo Rd, Dublin

S1: Sept 11, 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 16, (10/23 NO Class)

S2: Oct 30, Nov 6, 13, 20, (11/27 NO Class), Dec 4, 11

 

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.

Adults, Wednesdays, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Zoe Manoguerra

East Bay Community Space, Main Space
507 55thSt. (@Telegraph), Oakland

S1: Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, (10/23 NO Class)
S2: Oct 30, Nov 6, 13, 20, (11/27 NO Class), Dec 4, 11

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: Joanne Tabora

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

Session 1: Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, (10/23 NO Class)

Session 2: Oct 30, Nov 6, 13, 20, (11/27 NO Class),Dec 4, 11

*NO class 10/23 - Session break, 11/27 - Thanksgiving week

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.

Adults, Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Facilitator: Christina Lewis

John O’Connell High School, School of Technology
2355 Folsom St., Room 111, San Francisco

S1: Sept 10, 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, (10/22 NO Class)

S2: Oct 29, Nov 5, 12, 19, (11/26 NO Class),Dec 3, 10