Info For Educators
We appreciate the important role you play in enhancing the educational experiences of students with Down syndrome. Education is a crucial component of any child’s life. One of the areas of focus for the Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization is supporting educational professionals who work with our children.
One of the ways we do this is by offering The Learning Program to our families. Once a month parents attend classes to learn best practices for working with their children to supplement and enrich their public school education. We emphasize the value of a home-school collaboration so that a student with Down syndrome is successful.
Our organization advocates for inclusion of students in general education. Parents who make this choice and work at home with their child, and teachers advocating for success in the least restrictive environment, are changing lives. Extensive research and our own local, anecdotal success stories show that an inclusive education produces an adult who is better prepared to engage their community at school exit. Students who spend their entire K-12 school experience segregated from typical peers face a huge challenge in reaching their full potential.
The Learning Program encourages parents to be diligent in teaching their children with Down syndrome academic skills as well as appropriate social skills. During Learning Program sessions, children work in small groups with teachers, an Occupational Therapist and a Speech Language Pathologist. The Learning Program serves children from age 3 through 17. Please feel free to refer families to us who you believe would benefit.
In September 2011 we introduced our Exceptional Educators Program, a collaboration with the School District of Palm Beach County. Over 50 teachers who have students with Down syndrome in their general education classrooms attended the first training to learn the basics; Florida Access Points, Curriculum Modifications, and behavior strategies. The evaluation response was overwhelmingly positive. We appreciate that teachers found value and want to learn all they can to help children with Down syndrome succeed in the general education classroom and reach their highest potential. Organization staff are available to assist classroom teachers in any way possible. Since the inception of the Exceptional Educators training, we have trained almost 400 teachers and support staff.
Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization serves Palm Beach County and maintains a Resource Lending Library with a variety of materials addressing a wide range of topics related to Down syndrome. If you would like to know more, please give us a call at 561-752-3383 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our library is available at our Down Syndrome Resource Center in Boynton Beach. We welcome your inquiries.
Tips for Teaching Students with Down Syndrome
2. When planning a student’s instructional program, be guided by the student’s individual ability and needs, and not the label of Down syndrome.
UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING:
View the NDSS Education Series presentation powerpoint and video.