School Age Programs (6-13 Years)
Friends Just Like Me
Each spring, families experiencing Down syndrome are invited to the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum for a private event to meet other families on the same journey. Friends Just Like Me is a collaborate with the Red Glasses Movement and held in May.
iCan Bike Camp
Every other summer, DSAWM hosts a week-long iCan Bike Camp where children with disabilities ages 8 and older can learn to ride a typical two-wheeled bicycle using proven, research-based methods. The next iCan Bike Camp will be held in 2022.
Playgroups are a fun, social option to support development during early elementary education. 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.
Buddy Up Tennis
Buddy Up Tennis teaches children and teens with Down syndrome the game of tennis while supporting healthy activity and motor function. Athletes aged 5 and older work with professional coaches and one-on-one Buddies. To learn more about Buddy Up Tennis visit the Buddy Up website. Visit the DSAWM calendar to view our current Buddy Up schedule.
Water Ski Clinic
DSAWM hosts an Adaptive Water Ski Clinic in partnership with Kentwood Parks and Recreation every summer that focuses on sitting and standing skiing. The clinic is held on Reeds Lake every July.