Early Stages Programs (0-5 Years)
Baby Sign Language
With just a few simple signs from American Sign Language, you can start communicating with your child – even before (s)he starts to talk! Signing is fun, easy to do, and great for your child’s development! Visit the DSAWM calendar for upcoming classes.
New & Expectant Parent Gifts
Receiving a Down syndrome diagnosis can be overwhelming. DSAWM provides new and expectant parents with accurate, up-to-date, compassionate information from leading Down syndrome and medical experts. Expecting parents can also receive information explaining prenatal testing. When new babies arrive, families receive a gift celebrating their new addition. Contact DSAWM at 616-956-3488 or email@example.com for more information.
This baby shower for families who have a child with Down syndrome aged 5 and younger is a celebration and an opportunity for parents and siblings to connect with other families experiencing Down syndrome. Oh, Baby is held in August at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum.
Parents For Parents
Parents for Parents mentors are a group of “veteran” moms and dads who provide support for expectant and new parents. If you are interested in being connected to a parent mentor or becoming a mentor, contact DSAWM at 616-956-3488 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Playgroups are a fun, social option for promoting development. Playgroup focus varies and includes speech, fine motor, gross motor, communication, and more to meet the various needs of our children. Visit the DSAWM calendar for current playgroup information.