Support

You Have a Support Network

At LMDSS, we are a community. We believe that every parent deserves the opportunity to access up-to-date information and to other parents who can share first-hand experiences of raising a child with Down Syndrome.

Parent Support Meetings

Parent Support Meetings occur across the country and are hosted by parents of children with Down Syndrome and are designed to provide a welcoming, open environment to discuss experiences, challenges, concerns, and celebrations with each other.

Find a parent support meeting near you

Review past meetings here.

OUTREACH PARENT SUPPORT TEAM

Having a child with Down Syndrome can provide unique challenges. That’s why we’ve created the Outreach Parent Support Team.

This team of trained individuals meet with new parents to help ease the initial overwhelming feeling and to establish a community of support.

This team provides:

  • Answers to your most pressing questions (we’ve been there and we know how you’re feeling)
  • The latest information, forms, next-steps, etc
  • Ongoing family support

CALL FOR SUPPORT

If you are a new parent who would like an Outreach Parent Support Team member come to visit you and your family, please contact our office at 604-591-2722 or email us to set up an appointment.

JOIN THE OUTREACH PARENT SUPPORT TEAM

If you or someone you know is interested in joining our Outreach Parent Support Team, we would love your help! Please contact the Lower Mainland Down Syndrome Society office to sign up for our next training course.

COUNSELLING

If you or a family member requires help and would like to speak with a counsellor please contact the LMDSS office at 604-591-2722.

Types of counseling that are covered is as follows:

* Child Play Therapy
* Parent – Infant Therapy
* Special Needs
* Individual (Adult)
* Couples or Relationships
* Therapeutic Play
* Bowen Family Systems
* Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
* Anxiety or Depression
* Grief or Loss
* Parenting Challenges
* Postnatal Emotional Difficulties
* Adjustment to Divorce or Separation
* Relationship Counselling
* Special Needs Issues
* Behavioural, Social or Academic Concerns
* Play & Art Therapy for Kids
* Family System Therapy

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Events

Community Support:

To attend any of the Parent Networking Groups you must register either by phone 604-591-2722, or email at info@lmdss.com.
If you require childcare you must inform us at the time of registration.

LMDSS Parent
Networking Groups:

Burnaby
Topic: Family Fun Night
Date: Thursday, April 20th, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location:
Old Orchard Lanes ( 4429 Kingsway, Burnaby)
Cost:
 LMDSS (pizza and drinks will be supplied)
R.S.V.P. by April 10th limited space available 

Langley
Topic: Family Fun Day Movie ” Sing”
Date: April 8th, 2017
Time:
4:35 p.m.
Location:  Hollywood 3 ( 7125-138th Street, Surrey)
Cost: LMDSS Tickets must be pre-ordered R.S.V.P. by April 4th

Okanagan  
Topic: Easter Egg Hunt
Date:
April 8th, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Location: Guertmar Park ( off Springfield)
Cost: A fee of $20.00 will be charged for non attendance.

Surrey
Topic: Family Fun Day Movie “Sing”
Date: April 8th, 2017
Time: 4:35 p.m.
Location: Hollywood 3 (7125 -138th Street, Surrey)
Cost: LMDSS Tickets must be pre-ordered R.S.V.P. by April 4th

Vancouver
Topic: Board Games & Pizza Night
Date: Thursday Evenings
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Mosaic, 1720 Grant Street, Vancouver
Cost: LMDSS R.S.V.P. are required contact the LMDSS office.



Adults Connect (ages 19+)
Topic: Dinner & Movie ” Beauty & The Beast”
Date: April 22nd, 2017
Time: TBA
Location: Cineplex, Langley
Cost: TBA when time is confirmed
Contact Theresa at info@lmdss.com to register by April 8th. Dinner will be at a nearby restaurant.

Youth Group (10+)
Event :
Bowling at REVS
Date: Saturday, April 29th, 2017
Time: TBA
Location: 5502 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby
Cost: TBA
Contact Mariam at Mariamrafik71@gmail.com to register


Health & Education:

Music Therapy Classes:
Dates: Wednesday Evenings, April 5th,12th,19th,26th & May 3rd,10th,17th,24th, and 31st
Location: WC Blair, Studio #2, Boardroom – 22200 Fraser Highway, Langley, B.C.
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Members $40.00 – Non-Members $80.00 – Siblings $10.00
(Members and Non-Member prices include 1 parent or support person, and the special needs individual).
Erin Parr is an experienced Music Therapist focused on children with disabilities. Over 12 years of experience working with Autistic children, children with disabilities, and babies/toddlers she has applied music therapy to a wide range of situations with exciting results. Erin uses an activity-based method with a focus on and enthusiasm to facilities progress towards therapeutic goals.
Registration Deadline March 20th, 2017.

Reading & Math Program Spring Classes: (Sign Up Now)
Dates:
 April 25th to June 29th 2017– Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays
Location: #201-13281-78th Ave, Surrey
Time: 1 hour sessions available – 4-5 pm, 5-6 pm, 6-7 pm
Cost: $
20.00 per session 

Reading and Math Program Spring classes starting  April 25th, 2017 watch for registration details.

Summer classes available July & August contact the LMDSS office for details and to register.


Sexuality Classes  for 12+
Dates: Next Sessions will be announced at a later date

Time:

Location:
Cost:

Dance Fit Classes (NEW)
The Lower Mainland Down Syndrome Society will be starting up this program in the Spring. The dates are will be confirmed shortly, and will be posted.
If your child, teen, or adult is interested in making friends,having fun, and getting into shape, please email the LMDSS office to register at info@lmdss.com.

Fundraising:

T21 Awareness Walk
Date: September 9th, 2017
Time:
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location:
Hawthorne Park (10513-144th Street, Surrey)
Cost:
Registration, Pledges, and Teams forms will be coming out shortly

Parents

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NEW Program
LMDSS Scholarship Program [PDF]