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Smart Start

One of the best gifts you can give your child is a great foundation before going off to kindergarten. DSAMT invites you to attend our newest program Smart Start, a series of sessions which will help you better understand what successful students with Down syndrome have in common.

This series of 4 workshops will help you send your child with Down syndrome off to the first day of kindergarten with excitement instead of anxiety. You will have the opportunity to ask questions, learn about local resources, and to meet other parents whose children are also preparing to enter kindergarten.

All sessions will be held on Wednesday evenings, from 6-8pm at the DSAMT Conference Room, located at 111 N. Wilson Blvd in Nashville. Light refreshments will be provided. Free childcare will be available for participants, with advance registration. Childcare space is limited.

Session 1: Student Readiness will take place November 14 and will focus on potty training, high expectations, insistence on compliance, following rules and directions, jobs around the house, and handling scheduling changes. Session 2: Parent / School Relations will take place January 9 and will focus on communicating effectively, common mistakes, addressing concerns, paraprofessionals, and what teachers need to know. Session 3: Placement & IEPs will take place March 13 and will focus on state assessments; IQ testing; inclusion, mainstreaming, and self-contained classrooms; Individual Education Plans (IEPs); and creating IEP goals. Session 4: Fostering Friendships will take place May 8 and will focus on social skills for success, creating social opportunities, successful play dates, extra-curricular and community activities, and peer presentations.

DSAMT members with children with Down syndrome between the ages of 2 - 6 are eligible to register; however, space is limited. Reminder: you must register for EACH session of Smart Start, even if you attended the last one. For more information, call DSAMT at 615.386.9002 or contact Alecia Talbott at alecia@somethingextra.orgClick here to download a registration form.

This program is funded through a generous grant from The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. 

Fired Up for Down Syndrome Conference

Periodically, DSAMT presents Tennessee's only statewide conference on Down syndrome. Fired Up! for Down Syndrome brings researchers and medical professionals together with parents, educators and disability advocates for a two-day conference on a variety of issues related to Down syndrome and other special needs.

Local and national experts are invited to present on topics including Family issues, Speech and Language, Literacy and Reading, Nutrition, Health and Weight Management, Sleep Disorders, Music and Art Therapy, Financial Planning, Conservatorship and much more. Fired Up! also includes a track for Self Advocates, featuring presentations by and for individuals who have Down syndrome. Workshops and discussion groups for Self-Advocates include such topics as employment, self- expression and conflict resolution.

Check back for information about our next conference.  Click here for a 2011 conference agenda

Educational Workshop Series

From infant massage to educational issues, DSAMT works to gather information and experts on important disability topics and to bring them to the community in a timely manner.

Previous topics have included:

  • Financial Planning & Conservatorship
  • Early Intervention Services
  • Special Education & IEP Planning
  • Speech Therapy Techniques
  • Autism & Down syndrome
  • Infant Massage
  • Health and Nutrition for Teens and Adults
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Sensory Issues

Parents, community members and professionals can attend most workshops free of charge.

Check our events calendar for scheduled workshops or call DSAMT at 615-386-9002 for more information.

DSAMT is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization funded by private support from individuals, foundations, community organizations and fundraising efforts.