We believe that informed, involved parents are the best educational advocates for their children with Down syndrome. Although educational advocacy is an incredibly important job for parents, we also recognize that, for some, it’s a very challenging one. To that end, the MDSC offers parents and educators who work with students with Down syndrome accurate resources and information necessary for developing strong educational programs that will meet the individual needs of each student.
Parents are an important part of your child’s educational team for many reasons:
- Parents have knowledge of their child in out-of-school settings that can aid assessments, target setting, planning curriculum activities and managing behavior
- Parents can support curriculum targets with out-of-school activities
- Parents can suggest and provide materials and topics to support learning in school
- Parents can help pupils to generalize the skills learned in school to everyday life
- Parents are often very knowledgeable about the development and education of children with Down syndrome – they can be an expert resource
- Parents value the support that they receive from education professionals
In order for your child to receive the high quality education and supports he or she needs and deserves, it is important to build and maintain a strong, positive relationship with everyone who plays a key role in educating your child. We believe children benefit most from their education when parents and educators work together as partners, and each perspective is heard and considered.
Below you will find information on key special education laws and components that are important whether your child is just starting school or many years into their educational journey. Details on MDSC programs supporting you and your school-age child can also be found below.
MDSC Programs for You
As many parents’ primary concern during the school age years is their child’s education, we have a breadth of work related to supporting families and educators in this arena, including our Educators Forum which takes place each fall.
We know, too, that there are many other facets of life to consider in supporting the total wellbeing of your growing child and are proud to offer the programs and activities below. We hope you’ll get involved!
- Annual Conference – Each March, workshops are provided on a vast array of topics including behavior, communication, friendships, medical updates, recreation and more.
- MDSC 4-7 Play Group – quarterly activities for families whose child with Down syndrome is age 4-7 and siblings; Email us or call 781-221-0024 x206
- MDSC 8-12 Play Group – quarterly activities for families whose child with Down syndrome is age 8-12; Email us or call 781-221-0024 x206