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International Mosaic Down Syndrome Association

PO Box 321, Stow, MA 01775



              IMDSA R&R Conference - Confirmed Presenters as of March 18, 2017

                                          Workshops start at 8:30am

 Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP: Eating with Seven Senses

    Parents are often surprised to learn that there is more to eating than just what we see on the plate and what we taste on our tongue. In fact, seven senses come into play for every child. Learn how to expose kids to new foods, explore the various sensory aspects of all kinds of healthy foods and expand your child’s menu!

Tena Green, parent: Inclusion is Natural

During the session Tena will share her experience, the road blocks, and successes she has had on their journey towards inclusion. Her oldest son Brady (13) was born with the attribute of Down syndrome. She will also share how having Brady included is a family affair.

Roxanne Batezel, parent: Getting the Word Out - When to advertise mDs

This session will give parents and individuals with mDs tools to use to explain what mDs is and what they need from peers and people in authority like coaches and Scout leaders. Characteristics of Down syndrome and the differences between Ds and mDs will be discussed.

Keith Smith, sibling, Crnic Institute: An Unprecedented and Exciting Down Syndrome Research Discovery Engine – The Crnic Institute Human Trisome ProjectTM 

This workshop will provide you important information, in layman’s terms, about the Crnic Institute Human Trisome ProjectTM - one of the most exciting Down syndrome research projects that aims to improve the health of children and adults with Down syndrome and millions of others who are affected by autoimmune diseases, Alzheimer’s and cancer.

Jonathon D. Haskell, The Shandy Clinic: Understanding sensory versus behavioral approaches among children with Autism and Ds.

The session will cover different approaches to addressing behaviors that parents can implement in the home. Parents will understand how to identify their child's sensory needs before looking at a behavioral approach and how/why that is important for both school and home environments.

Renee Kleck, PEAK Parent Center: Tips for Helping Children Develop Friendships

You will learn the many ways that friendships form, what friendship looks like at school, what families can do to encourage friendships, and even how to include meaningful friendship goals in the IEP. 

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