Down Syndrome & Mental Health Support Group

Wednesday, December 8th | 7pm - 8pm
Virtual

Does your teen or adult loved one with Down syndrome also have a mental health diagnosis such as Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder or Bipolar Disorder? Often these illnesses bring on a change in daily living skills, mood, or interest in activities once enjoyed. Seeing these changes and regression in your loved one can be very difficult.

Please join other parents and caregivers for a support group meeting facilitated by Mary-Frances Garber, a licensed genetic counselor providing supportive genetic counseling in her private practice, Listening, Reflecting, Healing in Needham. She has been a consultant with the MDSC for the past 8 years providing insight and support to many families.

Please note that individualized psychiatric treatment will not be provided at this meeting. This meeting is meant to serve as a venue for families with loved ones with Down syndrome and mental health concerns so that they may obtain mutual support with professional supervision.
Please email mentalhealth@mdsc.org to register or for more information.

New Family Social

Saturday, December 11th | 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
This is a virtual event.

Join us for an informal way to meet other newer families, share and connect for families whose child with Down syndrome is 0-3 (until 4th birthday).  Please email Sarah Cullen at scullen@mdsc.org to request Zoom registration link.

Winter Bingo! Virtual Game Night: for teens and adults with Down syndrome and friends, ages 13 and up

Thursday, December 16th | 6:00 PM
This is a virtual event.
Teens and adults are invited to join us on Zoom for an evening of winter bingo! Bring your favorite snack and feel free to get cozy in your pajamas while we play a fun and festive game with friends!
The lucky winners will be sent a special prize in the mail!

Guess That Song Virtual Game Night! for teens and adults with Down syndrome and friends, ages 13 and up

Sunday, December 19th | 1:15 PM
This is a virtual event.
Teen and young adults ages 13-22 are invited to join us for game night to play Guess that Song! From oldies and holiday classics to new pop and country, there will be songs for all music lovers! Anyone who would prefer not to participate in the game is welcome to join in, listen to the music, and of course…dance!

MDSC Multicultural Holiday Event / Únete al MDSC a nuestra Fiesta Navideña Multicultural

Sunday, December 19th | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
This is a virtual event.
Please join us in this fun holiday event as we celebrate the holidays with other families. We will be making “Mini Gingerbread Houses”. So, come in your favorite pajamas, bring a hot beverage of choice, and join us for some virtual fun. There will be games, music, and prizes.
You will need: (1) Box of Graham crackers, (1) Container of Icing (Flavor of your choice), (2-3) small bags of candy or cookies to decorate the houses (ex. peppermint, mini candy canes, chocolate chips, teddy grams, skittles, Twizzlers, dots)
View our Facebook event for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/595090294937245

Winter Break Movie Night: for teens and adults with Down syndrome and friends, ages 13 and up

Wednesday, December 29th | 7:00 PM
This is a virtual event.
Teens and adults are invited to join us over winter break for a movie night on Zoom! Sign up by 12/20 to receive popcorn in the mail to enjoy while viewing!

New Family Social

Saturday, January 8th | 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
This is a virtual event.

Join us for an informal way to meet other newer families, share and connect for families whose child with Down syndrome is 0-3 (until 4th birthday).  Please email Sarah Cullen at scullen@mdsc.org to request Zoom registration link.

New Moms Group

Tuesday, January 11th | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
This is a virtual event.

New moms of children with Down syndrome ages 0-18 months are invited to join us for a virtual group hosted by Mary-Frances Garber, CGC.

Please email Sarah Cullen at scullen@mdsc.org to request Zoom registration link

Sledding at Stone Cow!

Saturday, January 22nd | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Stone Cow Brewery 500 West Street B Barre, MA 01005

Bring your sleds and enjoy their snowy hill! Fingers crossed Jack Frost gives us some fresh powder to play! If he doesn’t deliver we can still enjoy each other’s company inside the warm barn.

RSVP or send questions to group leaders Brian & Jessica Young.
jessica.flynnyoung@gmail.com; 774.239.5992

Toddler Moms Group

Wednesday, January 26th | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
This is a virtual event.

Moms of children with Down syndrome ages 18 months – 3.5 years are invited to join us for a virtual group hosted by Mary-Frances Garber, CGC.

Please email Sarah Cullen at scullen@mdsc.org to request Zoom registration link