Peers Actively Learning Skills (PALS)
For 7-11 year olds with Down syndrome
What is PALS?
The program is designed specifically for kids ages 7-11 with Down syndrome, offering opportunities to learn valuable social skills, make new friends, and have fun! This also gives DSG staff a chance to get to know your family before you hopefully get more involved with the STARS program in their teenage years!
To enhance the lives of 7-11 year-olds with Down syndrome by providing opportunities to create lasting friendships, while promoting independence. The DSG believes that all children can succeed at home, school, and in the community when given the proper support.
What kinds of things do PALS do?
DSG brings in fun entertainment, does community outings, provides tickets to events for families to enjoy, and aims to support social development in our youth with Down syndrome.
Are parents required to attend?
DSG aims to provide one-to-one support during PALS events. Parents are REQUIRED to remain at the location of the PALS event. Depending on the event, parents will either do the activity with their child and be their support, or they will remain onsite for facilitated parent discussion about relevant topics while volunteers and staff support the children.
When & where are events?
Currently, we are hosting social groups four times a quarter. These groups are currently virtual every other Wednesday while they are occurring. You can find more information on these groups and sign up here!