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The Art Gallery of Burlington would like to invite everyone from HDSA (and all of your family and friends too!) to come to the gallery in February to see a brand new show that highlights artwork by kids of the HDSA. Throughout the month of February, the community gallery (located at the Lakeshore entrance of the AGB) will be highlighting art therapy in our community. Four organizations that have worked with Becky Hewis, the AGB's art therapist, will be highlighted - one of which is HDSA!

The show runs from February 7- 29th. There will be an official show opening on Sunday February 14th from 2-4pm. The opening will run at the same time as the kids open studio session (a free drop in family event) where kids and grown up friends can have fun exploring art together.


The Art Gallery of Burlington would like to invite everyone from HDSA (and all of your family and friends too!) to come to the gallery in February to see a brand new show that highlights artwork by kids of the HDSA. Throughout the month of February, the community gallery (located at the Lakeshore entrance of the AGB) will be highlighting art therapy in our community. Four organizations that have worked with Becky Hewis, the AGB's art therapist, will be highlighted - one of which is HDSA!

The show runs from February 7- 29th. There will be an official show opening on Sunday February 14th from 2-4pm. The opening will run at the same time as the kids open studio session (a free drop in family event) where kids and grown up friends can have fun exploring art together.



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Dental Care Info Session - REMINDER

 

Join us on Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 to learn from Kim Wentrot, Dental Hygienist!


Location:  Monarch House, Oakville, ON
(1405 North Service Rd E, Unit 103, Oakville, ON L6H 1A7)

Time:  7:30pm - 9:00pm


Kim Wentrot is a registered dental hygienist with over 20 years experience and has been teaching part-time for 10 years.  She currently works in private practice 1-2 days a week.  Kim also has an adorable little 7 year old boy who has Down syndrome, apraxia and used to have an oral aversion.  At the information session, Kim will discuss what to look for with our kids (and ourselves) - from tooth eruption to gum health and how to maintain clean and healthy teeth.  Kim will also explain why children with Down syndrome have more difficulty with orthodontics.  More specifically, she will focus on:

  • Gum disease prevalence and why
  • Prevention of gum disease and eventual tooth loss
  • Cavities prevalence and prevention
  • Tooth eruption 
  • Will they 'need' orthodontics
  • Orofacialmyology: a brand new therapy
  • What to expect at the dentist office and my own experiences
  • PLEASE NOTE:  We are opening up this session to all age groups, as the material will be applicable for babies and young children through to adulthood.

    This is a free information session, but we ask that you please RSVP to jen@haltondownsyndrome.com by February 8th, 2016.

    Thanks again,

    Adelle & Jen
    New Parent Coordinators

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Dental Care Info Session - REMINDER

 

Join us on Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 to learn from Kim Wentrot, Dental Hygienist!


Location:  Monarch House, Oakville, ON
(1405 North Service Rd E, Unit 103, Oakville, ON L6H 1A7)

Time:  7:30pm - 9:00pm


Kim Wentrot is a registered dental hygienist with over 20 years experience and has been teaching part-time for 10 years.  She currently works in private practice 1-2 days a week.  Kim also has an adorable little 7 year old boy who has Down syndrome, apraxia and used to have an oral aversion.  At the information session, Kim will discuss what to look for with our kids (and ourselves) - from tooth eruption to gum health and how to maintain clean and healthy teeth.  Kim will also explain why children with Down syndrome have more difficulty with orthodontics.  More specifically, she will focus on:

  • Gum disease prevalence and why
  • Prevention of gum disease and eventual tooth loss
  • Cavities prevalence and prevention
  • Tooth eruption 
  • Will they 'need' orthodontics
  • Orofacialmyology: a brand new therapy
  • What to expect at the dentist office and my own experiences
  • PLEASE NOTE:  We are opening up this session to all age groups, as the material will be applicable for babies and young children through to adulthood.

    This is a free information session, but we ask that you please RSVP to jen@haltondownsyndrome.com by February 8th, 2016.

    Thanks again,

    Adelle & Jen
    New Parent Coordinators

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World Down Syndrome Day Party 

Tickets on Sale Now!!

 

HDSA is thrilled to invite you and your friends and family to our annual WDSD Party. This is a huge highlight of our year and an extremely popular social event. We hope you can join us as we celebrate our loved ones with Down syndrome, and recognize some outstanding contributors to our HDSA community.

Tickets sold out quickly last year, so gets yours today!

The party will be held on Saturday, March 19th from 5-11pm at the Burlington Holiday Inn and Conference Centre. A buffet dinner will be served, and there will be music and entertainment to party to!

Click on the link below for more event details and to purchase tickets:


https://2016wdsd.eventbrite.ca


See you there!!


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Dental Care Info Session - REMINDER

 

Join us on Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 to learn from Kim Wentrot, Dental Hygienist!


Location:  Monarch House, Oakville, ON
(1405 North Service Rd E, Unit 103, Oakville, ON L6H 1A7)

Time:  7:30pm - 9:00pm


Kim Wentrot is a registered dental hygienist with over 20 years experience and has been teaching part-time for 10 years.  She currently works in private practice 1-2 days a week.  Kim also has an adorable little 7 year old boy who has Down syndrome, apraxia and used to have an oral aversion.  At the information session, Kim will discuss what to look for with our kids (and ourselves) - from tooth eruption to gum health and how to maintain clean and healthy teeth.  Kim will also explain why children with Down syndrome have more difficulty with orthodontics.  More specifically, she will focus on:

  • Gum disease prevalence and why
  • Prevention of gum disease and eventual tooth loss
  • Cavities prevalence and prevention
  • Tooth eruption 
  • Will they 'need' orthodontics
  • Orofacialmyology: a brand new therapy
  • What to expect at the dentist office and my own experiences


PLEASE NOTE:  We are opening up this session to all age groups, as the material will be applicable for babies and young children through to adulthood.

This is a free information session, but we ask that you please RSVP to jen@haltondownsyndrome.com by February 8th, 2016.

Thanks again,

Adelle & Jen
New Parent Coordinators


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REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Jan 20, 2016

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REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
 

Hi everyone,

The Elementary Age Peer Group is excited to announce that we will be running music classes through  the Harmony Is Studio in Milton. The studio is located at 330 Bronte St S, Milton, ON L9T 7X1.

There are two separate programs being run, depending on your child's age and comfort level.  Below you will find a description of each of the programs.
 

4-8 years old:

 

During this music program children will use their imaginations to enhance verbal skills, motor skills and social interaction, all through music.  We will begin in a make-believe toyshop, and let our imaginations take us from there!   Focus will include simple musical skills, such as playing the steady beat, changes in dynamics, and tempo.  Verbal expression will be encouraged as children share their ideas and contribute to the musical 'story' that unfolds in the class.  Children will have the chance to try a variety of musical instruments, and explore movement with ribbons, scarves and the parachute, in this fun and exciting music program.  

 

9-14 years old:

 

This fun music program will follow the interests of the group members, and will explore various ways of expressing ourselves through music.  The classes will include a mixture of music activities including drum circles, music improvisation, simple songwriting, lyric discussion, and movement through music.  Children will have the chance to play various musical instruments, engage in group and solo musical experiences, and enhance verbal and social skills.  Led by a music therapist, this is a great opportunity for children to learn how to use music to enhance self-confidence, explore emotional expression, and have lots of fun!!



DATES:  Saturday January 30th to Saturday March 19th (no class on February  6th and 13th due to Family Day weekend and staff availability)

TIMES:
Ages 9-14: 1:00-1:45
Ages 4-8: 2:00-2:45

COST:  FREE

Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Please contact sarah@haltondownsyndrome.com to reserve your spot or with any questions or concerns.

Hope to see you there!

Sarah & Laurie
Elementary Age Group Coordinators


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Time To Get Social! 

Jan 20, 2016

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YOU'RE INVITED! 

Time to get social!  THIS Saturday-  January 23rd at 7pm at The King’s Arms British Pub in Oakville for our 19  Social Event! This event is for all HDSA parents and 19  VIPs.  If you have a toddler and need a night out, if you and your 19 child want to attend - the more the merrier! This fun night out will give you the chance to connect with old friends, meet new friends, and catch up. There will be tasty food, as well as basic beverages (water and pop) provided.  If you are planning to have an alcoholic beverage (of your own accord), please do not drink and drive! The King’s Arms is located at 323 Church Street in Downtown Oakville, and we are booked for the private room on the upper level. So come on out for an evening of fun, friends and fabulous food!

Please RSVP as soon as possible to Vanessa Lupton by e-mailing  office@haltondownsyndrome.com 


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Come join your fellow Graduates at Mountsberg Conservation Area for a Falcon Presentation and Bison Walk!
 


When: January 31st, 2016 from 2:00-4:00pm
Where: Mountsberg Conservation Area. 
           
2259 Milburough Line
           Campbellville, ON

Please arrive shortly before 2:00pm so we can start on time.

At 2:00 we will have a Falcon Presentation and demonstration at the Raptor Centre.
2:30 will be the Bison walk. Please dress warmly and have appropriate outdoor footwear for the winter weather.
3:00 will be snack and socializing. The park closes at 4:00pm.

Please respond to Allan if you will be joining and how many people are coming with you. 
althestar@gmail.com

See you then!


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Sign up for Art Therapy Today!
 

We are happy to have Becky Hewis (Art Therapist) facilitating the weekly programs for HDSA again this year.  Art Therapy will be running on Saturdays (Jan 16th - March 5th) from 10am to 11 am in the Photo Studio at the Art Gallery of Burlington.  Parking passes will be available for all attendees.  Each student needs to be accompanied by a parent/care giver and siblings are welcome!

The Art Gallery of Burlington is a safe space where staff and youth volunteers are fully trained to understand the unique needs of individuals with special needs. This program encourages children to explore art making within the gallery setting, engaging in games and activities that are designed to meet their developmental level and integrates a very hands on approach to learning about art.


HDSA is subsidizing the cost of Art Therapy, so we are charging just $20 per family.

SIGN UP HERE:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/art-therapy-registration-20614808447

We would like to send out a HUGE thank you to Heather Gain for organizing the Art Therapy program this year.

Look forward to seeing you next week!

Adelle & Jen
New Parent Co-ordinators

Sign up for Art Therapy Today!
 

We are happy to have Becky Hewis (Art Therapist) facilitating the weekly programs for HDSA again this year.  Art Therapy will be running on Saturdays (Jan 16th - March 5th) from 10am to 11 am in the Photo Studio at the Art Gallery of Burlington.  Parking passes will be available for all attendees.  Each student needs to be accompanied by a parent/care giver and siblings are welcome!

The Art Gallery of Burlington is a safe space where staff and youth volunteers are fully trained to understand the unique needs of individuals with special needs. This program encourages children to explore art making within the gallery setting, engaging in games and activities that are designed to meet their developmental level and integrates a very hands on approach to learning about art.


HDSA is subsidizing the cost of Art Therapy, so we are charging just $20 per family.

SIGN UP HERE:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/art-therapy-registration-20614808447

We would like to send out a HUGE thank you to Heather Gain for organizing the Art Therapy program this year.

Look forward to seeing you next week!

Adelle & Jen
New Parent Co-ordinators


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January 7, 2016
 

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We are reaching out to HDSA families as there are 5 spots still available in a new program at Burlington Public Library for high school students. 

The program was developed by a teen group at Alton Library called TAB, Teen Advisory Board, together with their facilitator, BPL staff member Meritt Harnett.

Their goal this year is to offer a program to strengthen friendships with kids from different high schools in the community. This month they will be starting a joint program called Fusion with the students from a local Life Skills program. Together the teens will participate in fun activities such as a Wii night, a games night, and an art night

Fusion will run on the following Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:00pm:
January 12th
February 23rd
March 22nd
April 26th
 
Alton Library is located at 3040 Tim Dobbie Drive, just off Dundas between Walkers Line and Appleby Line. Map

If you child is interested in registering for this program, or if you have any questions, please contact Meritt at harnettm@bpl.on.ca .

I also welcome any questions at wrayh@bpl.on.ca


Hope to see you at Fusion!

Best regards, 

Heather Wray

 
 

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