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Posts Tagged ‘children with down syndrome’

Down Syndrome Guild of Southeast Michigan Cordially Invites You…

Posted on: March 12th, 2014

The Children’s Center Presents Anti-Bullying and Conflict Resolution Dialogue

Posted on: January 10th, 2014

App Review: Birdhouse for Autism

Posted on: January 7th, 2014 No Comments

Birdhouse for Autism is a free web and mobile based autism management app.  It is designed by Ben Chutz, parent of a child on the autism spectrum, to help you organize the important information related to your child’s care. Birdhouse enables you to keep track of medications and supplements, therapies and therapists, and easily track your child’s behaviors and daily activities.  Birdhouse’s most important use, though, is to find patterns  in your child’s everyday life and to track correlations so that you can see what’s helping and what needs to be changed.

This app is very user-friendly and intuitive.  Posting to it is as easy as clicking the green “Post A New Activity” button; selecting an activity type; and, entering your information.

I especially like being able to take my iPad to a doctor or therapy appointment and easily sharing the information collected.  Using actual data rather than relying solely on memory, we identify probable causes and effects and make adjustments as needed.

A+  Strongly recommend  Click here to download.

5 Ways to be an A+ Grandparent to your Special Needs Grandchild

Posted on: January 2nd, 2014

Expecting a child is a family affair.  Parents, grandparents and siblings excitedly anticipate the new baby’s arrival all the while subconsciously projecting their respective inner visions of the perfect family addition onto a tiny, unsuspecting infant.  Ten fingers, ten toes, Dad’s ears, Grandma’s nose.  A science and math whiz?  A little league all star?  President??


Down Syndrome Guild of Southeast Michigan Brings Seniors Holiday Cheer

Posted on: December 9th, 2013 No Comments

On December 17, 2013 at 5 PM the halls of Sunrise of Bloomfield at 2080 S. Telegraph Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302 will be echoing with the sweet sounds of the Down Syndrome Guild of Southeast Michigan’s budding singers, dancers and actors as directed by the 4th Wall Theatre Company.  These talented young people’s performance will include singing Christmas carols and a holiday-themed play that they helped write.  They are very excited to share the joy of the season with Sunrise’s residents and staff.

Paulette Duggins, Executive Director of the Down Syndrome Guild of Southeast Michigan (DSGSEMI) explains, “We partner with the 4th Wall Theatre Company on an ongoing basis to give our young singers, actors and dancers the opportunity to learn about theatre and, more importantly, themselves.  We also are fortunate to have an enthusiastic and supportive audience at Sunrise Senior Living which inspires them to confidently put themselves out there.”

The 4th Wall Theatre Company is a theatre program specifically designed for children with special needs. “Their staff travels to the DSGSEMI’s venue to give our children an enriching theatre experience in a familiar environment,” Duggins elaborates.  “Our kids can practice social interaction while they learn theater skills like voice projection and clarity, eye contact, and turn taking,” she adds.  Each six week course incorporates music and movement therapy during the process of creating a final showcase performance for family, friends and the community.

The Down Syndrome Guild of Southeast Michigan is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to supporting people affected by Down syndrome from prenatal diagnosis through adulthood.

Established in 1989, it has a successful history of responding to the changing needs of individuals with Down syndrome and their families.  The organization serves individuals, families, caregivers, educators and medical personnel in nine counties in southeast Michigan.  To learn more please visit www.DSGSEMI.org .

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If you would like more information, or to schedule an interview with Paulette Duggins, please call (248) 556-5341 or e-mail info@DSGSEMI.org.

Down Syndrome Guild of Southeast Michigan Presents…

Posted on: October 14th, 2013 No Comments

Where in the World is Warner?

Posted on: October 12th, 2013 No Comments

The Children’s Center Presents…

Posted on: April 15th, 2013 No Comments

The Children’s Center presents

Advocacy Day
May 8, 2013

Child & Family Issues, Children’s Mental Health, Foster Care Awareness

Help erase stigma and give voice to the issues facing children & families living with mental illness; emotional, behavioral, or developmental disorders; trauma, and within the foster care system.

Child & Family Advocates will meet with State legislators in Lansing to engage in advocacy related dialogue and raise awareness about the issues

  •        HealthCare Reform & Behavioral Health Parity
  •         Medicaid Expansion
  •         Expanding Funding for Early Childhood Education
  •         Mental Health Services and K-12 Partnerships
  •         Funding Equity for Foster Care Services

Who Should Attend?  Child & Family Advocates, Foster Care Families, Social Workers, Children’s Mental Health Consumers, Community Partners, Schools and Educators.

Advocacy Day Sample Itinerary:

7:15 AM
Departure (Detroit)
11:45 AM
Lunch & 
Keynote Speaker

9:00 AM
Legislative Meetings & Committee Hearings

1:30 PM
House Session
 10:00 AM
Senate Session & Committee Hearings

2:30 PM
Legislative Meetings
11:00 AM
Legislative Meetings & Committee Hearings
3:15 PM
Departure (Lansing)

Registration:  Click here to RSVP by April 22, 2013.
Send questions to Clarence Gayles: Cgayles@childrensctr.net or 313.969.5696.

The Children’s Center’s Guiding Principles
  • Behavioral health is an important part of a child’s total physical health diagnosis.
  • Behavioral health treatment should be treated equally within the law.
  • All children reserve the right to be treated fairly; to have all of their health care, educational, recreational, and basic personal needs met; and, to have the ability to shape their own futures.

Down Syndrome Guild of Southeast Michigan and Belightful Yoga Present…

Posted on: April 11th, 2013 No Comments

The Down Syndrome Guild of Southeast Michigan cordially invites you…

Posted on: March 26th, 2013 No Comments