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February “Off To College” Playgroup

A quiet, cozy, wintery night for our February Playgroup!  It was one of our smaller groups last night but still full of life and laughter. I literally LIVE for this night. We all get to relax, catch up, talk Down syndrome, and PLAY! It's music to my ears when the kids give their parents a hard time about leaving. YAY!!! We must be doing something right!  Love this twining look guys!!!  Hazel was giggling so much playing with Matthew. SWOON! These two were making me melt into a puddle... I love getting this opportunity to visit and see what families are up to. I don't take for granted that everyone is VERY busy, yet still chooses to spend time with...

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Supporting Families

Part of why we started CHF was to be able to support families who may sometimes feel isolated, or who may experience financial hardship due to medical issues that can not be handled locally in Windsor. Some families find themselves on endless drives on the highway going back and forth from Windsor to London, and sometimes Windsor to Toronto. These times can feel desperate, lonely, and scary. These times force people into living a life with no consistency, no routine. It can even force them to take time off work and keep them away from their other family members.   We know, we've been there. When I was pregnant with Hazel, we left the house at 4am with some complications. We...

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CHF Speech & Communication Group 2020

As 2020 is beginning we are working diligently on getting the CHF Speech, Friendship, and Communication Group back up and running. We were able to service around 50 children last year, and are hoping that number grows this year. We are VERY proud of this resource, and all the benefits it has been offering our local families. ***It is available to individuals with Down syndrome ages 2 and up. Please do not hesitate to email if you are interested in more information or signing up for the group. Goals of the program: Participants are in groups of 3-4, geared to developing communication and conversation skills amongst peers. Traditional speech and language therapy is imbedded within a natural communicative situation. Many...

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“Off To College” December Playgroup

We had a fantastic turnout last night for our Down syndrome community playgroup at St. Clair College. I loved seeing all the parents talk with each other, laugh, and smile while their kids played. It's such an honour to spend a couple hours with these families, and catch up with everyone! We have the BEST volunteers ever, who come out each time with positive attitudes, and last night their very best Christmas sweaters!!  Yes!!! They hugged - SWOON!!! This group is open to anyone in the local Down syndrome community that has children ages 0-12. Please feel free to email me for more information on how you can attend the next playgroup. We absolutely LOVE welcoming new families!!!

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Off To College Fall Playgroup

We are BACK!!!! The "OFF to COLLEGE" playgroup had it's first official gathering of the 2019 school year. This is a group that CHF has started in partnership with St. Clair College to welcome new families into the Down syndrome community. It is also, a space where friends who already know each other get a chance to connect, talk, and share experiences and ideas with each other. Raising a child with Down syndrome is a lot like raising any child, however at times it is valuable to be able to speak to others that have had similar experiences. It is comforting to chat with other parents who are compassionate to your specific situation and can relate to exactly how you might be feeling.  What a...

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