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Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City

5960 Dearborn Street, Suite 100
Mission, KS 66202
913-384-4848 Phone
913-384-4949 Fax

Learning Program


The Learning Program was created by the Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County to bridge the gap between research and practice for teaching early and foundational literacy skills to students with Down syndrome. Although researchers continue to discover more about how people with Down syndrome learn best, their insight has been slow to filter to parents and teachers.  This program helps change all that!

The Learning Program is designed to supplement traditional education and includes monthly sessions for parents and students.  While students learn, play and explore with highly qualified educational staff, parents are taught about early literacy fundamentals, mathematics, school advocacy, and much more. The goal of the program is to help parents be first-teachers in helping support their son/daughter's educational journey. 

Through this program, we hope to strengthen the educational outcomes for children with Down syndrome. DSG believes your child has unlimited potential and a very bright future! Download a brochure for more information.

Questions? Please contact Lindsey Lipsky, Program Coordinator at LindseyL@kcdsg.org or via phone at 913-913-384-4848

To Register: Download a 2016-17 Learning Program Application!
*Please note spots are limited and given on a first come, first serve basis.

Tuition is $200.00 for nine class sessions. Need-based scholarships are available

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Building Strong Foundations

for Educational Success

One of the best gifts you can give your child is a great foundation when entering school.    DSG invites you to apply for the Learning Program, which will help you better understand the academic learning needs of children with Down syndrome.

Your attendance will help you develop a learning station at home, build an instructional routine, increase your child’s stamina for academic tasks and increase your child’s reading vocabulary with 120 words by the end of the nine sessions. 

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"The Learning Program was a great experience because it provided specific tools and resources and then explained how to use them effectively. The program will improve the quality of time I spend teaching my son, and has also helped shape my general interactions with him." - DSG Parent


"My son & I have participated in 2 years of the Learning Program.  I've become better equipped to help my child learn at school and at home.   I've gotten so many books from the Learning Program and websites I would have never known about. The Learning Program has helped me become a better advocate for my son.  I'm much more confident and knowledgeable talking with his teachers and IEP team.  You'd be a fool not to enroll your child in the Learning Program!" - DSG Mom


"We benefited tremendously from the timing of the learning program. We participated in the program the year before our daughter was heading to kindergarten. This allowed me to attend her kindergarten transition IEP meeting with hard data on the kindergarten curriculum content she had already mastered. Providing that information helped support our request that she be placed in a general ed classroom and also allowed me to contribute to the IEP process as an expert on my daughter's learning behaviors, rather than as a parent asking a group of strangers to give my daughter the benefit of the doubt. The Learning Program leveled the playing field in a number of ways, and having the expertise and guidance at our disposal proved invaluable during our transition process." - 1st Year Parent Participant




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