Program™ is designed to supplement traditional education. Despite efforts
of some wonderful teachers, traditional education too often fails children with
Down syndrome due to poor educational placement, lack of trained assistants and
outdated stereotypes. Through this program, we hope to strengthen the
educational potential for children with Down syndrome, regardless of their
formal educational setting.
Dana Halle, founder of Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County (www.dsfoc.org),
the program focuses on parents as first-teachers for their children, bringing
the fruits of research into practice. Knowledgeable parents can work more
effectively with their children and give them a jump-start on education.
Moreover, the program arms parents to serve as capable advocates for their
children in the educational process by attending monthly instructional sessions
on topics such as:
Your Child To Read
Introduction To Math
An Effective Learning Session
parents attend simultaneous monthly sessions, which focus on skill development
for literacy, math, language, and fine motor skills. Aligned with your child’s
session curriculum, you (as parents) receive training and materials to continue
working with your children at home or at school.
Differences is offering The Learning Program™ as a 4 - month pilot
program that will be held for ninety minutes, one Saturday a month. The
modules we are offering this year are designed for children 3 - 5 years old.
The Learning Program is an on-going research based program that layers
learning year after year to help your child continue to succeed.
be held at Celebrate Differences from 10:00 am - 11:30 am. (Please plan to
arrive by 9:30 am to include time for classroom drop-off time for
children.) A parent or guardian and the child are expected to be in class
component of the program will be taught by Mary Johnston, who has
her Masters in Education as a Reading Specialist, and the children's
component will be taught by Sarah Malkowski.
If you have
questions about the program, please contact Rebecca Christiansen at firstname.lastname@example.org.