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2014 Autumn Newsletter

posted Feb 28, 2014, 1:32 AM by James Webber

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World Down Syndrome Day

Sunday 16th March 2014 is our annual WDSA fundraiser aimed to tie in with World Down Syndrome day.
It will be at Avalon Park, Lower Hutt and is always lots of fund with a bouncy castle, face painting, the Lion train etc.
Our sponsorship form is here
We would also encourage you to wear odd socks on World Down Syndrome Day (http://www.worlddownsyndromeday.org/lots-of-socks) and consider hosting a T4T party at your workplace/school etc (http://www.nzdsa.org.nz/assets/t4tposter.jpg)

Keep Calm shirts - $25 each

Its the last week to order your Keep Calm t-shirts 


Reminder: We need your Help!

Just a reminder that some of the WDSA committee (including myself) are stepping down at the AGM. We really need some other people to help out.

Please contact Helen on info@wdsa.co.nz or 027 3336877 if you can help

Communication Groups 2013 - Spaces Available for 2014

It's been another productive year for the Communication groups sponsored by Sysdoc. 2013 saw 3 groups of children meeting and working together on speech, language, social and communication skills on a weekly basis in a fun friendly environment through themes and practical activities.

Each session begins with a song followed by conversation practice. Children work on individual speech sound goals supported by PROMPT with the aim to develop speech clarity. Over the course of the year the children have been practicing introducing themselves and talking about their interests. The children are all thoroughly enjoying learning and practicing their skills with the support of many iPad apps that they all find extremely motivating. We have had a lot of fun and laughs and all children have all shown progress in their communication skills.

In term 1 we focused on vocabulary, sentence structures and sequencing skills used in our daily routines. We practiced making and eating our breakfasts, packing a lunch box and organizing our morning routines.

Term 2 saw a focus on the 5 senses. We explored many sights sounds tastes and textures building up our descriptive language. This culminated in making some delicious, crunchy, noisy, popping popcorn.

In term 3 we all focused on the sounds sh, ch and j. We used the story of Sheep on a Jeep to practice these sounds and sequencing and retelling the story. We also took a focus on exploring semantic links with words from our story.

In the final term of the year we explored story telling. We focused on the Who When Where and What happened and the children told their own stories of visits to the beach, bowling alley and park. We also practiced using our pronouns He/She and They in a variety of formats.

In 2014 we look forward to continued work on a range of speech language and social skills. The groups are open to 5 - 15 year olds with Down syndrome. They take place on Wednesday afternoons between 2pm and 4.30 pm in Mana. They are run by Sarah Courtnage - Speech and Language therapist. The children work in small groups of a maximum of 5 children per group. Parents are encouraged to support and participate and school staff are always welcome to attend. We have a few spaces available for 2014. For further information please contact info@wdsa.co.nz