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The Importance of the “Mommy Meltdown” Basket to Self Regulation

Posted on: June 22nd, 2015

When you start at a 9 it doesn’t take much to get to a 10. — Rose Montie, special education teacher

We defined self regulation and dysregulation in my last post.  I want to talk about coregulation today.  Psychologist Alan Fogel describes coregulation as the “continuous unfolding of individual action that is susceptible to being continuously modified by the continuously changing actions of the partner.”  “Don’t rile up your brothers and sister!” was heard more than a few times in my childhood home.  Teachers observe this dynamic in their classrooms every day and develop management strategies to minimize its distraction from learning.

However, can we take a moment now to consider that in our hurried, pressured lives perhaps we don’t always recognize that our adult behavior has an equal or maybe greater effect on our children’s behavior than either that of their siblings or peers?  If so, shouldn’t we spend some time becoming aware of our own dysregulation triggers; developing coping strategies; and, thus improving our ability to self regulate?  I think so!


Down Syndrome Guild of Southeast Michigan Cordially Invites You…

Posted on: March 12th, 2014

Sesame Street Life Sensory Friendly Performance at the Fox Theater

Posted on: January 17th, 2014 No Comments

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.

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

Vision & Literacy Resources for Down Syndrome

Posted on: March 20th, 2013 No Comments
Warner would like to welcome Joan Brennan to our club house.  Joan is a mom, educator, entrepreneur, inventor, and special needs advocate.  Brennan Innovators, LLC, her company, focuses on reading and learning tools for special needs individuals.  She created Reading Focus Cards (US Patent 7,565,759) to help struggling readers, especially those children and adults challenged with AD/HD, dyslexia, autism, low vision, stroke recovery, traumatic brain injuries, and other reading issues.

Today, Joan shares advice and resources for our friends in the Down syndrome community.  read more…

Welcome, National Association for Down Syndrome!

Posted on: January 24th, 2013 No Comments

National Association for Down Syndrome

Warner excitedly welcomes the National Association for Down Syndrome (NADS) to our club house!  Founded in Chicago in 1961, NADS is the oldest organization in the United States serving individuals with Down syndrome and their families.  Their mission is to ensure that all persons with Down syndrome have the opportunity to achieve their potential in all aspects of community life by providing information, support, and advocacy.

NADS directly supports Chicago metropolitan area families through their Parent Support Program, Mentoring Program, the Work Experience Program, and other individualized services.  However, they welcome everyone to their conferences, products and publications, website including online Discussion Forum, and their information about Down syndrome. In this way, their members can be found throughout the United States—and across the globe.

For more information on NADS programs, please contact them at (630) 325-9112 or info@nads.org


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