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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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