Peers Actively Learning Skills (PALS)
For 7-11 year olds with Down syndrome
What is PALS?
The program is designed specifically for kids ages 7-11 with Down syndrome, offering opportunities to learn valuable social skills, make new friends, and have fun! This also gives DSG staff a chance to get to know your family before you hopefully get more involved with the STARS program in their teenage years!
What kinds of things do PALS do?
DSG brings in fun entertainment, does community outings, provides tickets to events for families to enjoy, and aims to support social development in our youth with Down syndrome.
Are parents required to attend?
DSG aims to provide one-to-one support during PALS events. Parents are REQUIRED to remain at the location of the PALS event. Depending on the event, parents will either do the activity with their child and be their support, or they will remain onsite for facilitated parent discussion about relevant topics while volunteers and staff support the children.
When & where are events?
Events are offered at least 6 times throughout the year. Weekday events will take place from 6-7:30pm, while weekend and summer events could vary. Events will take place either at the DSG office in Mission, KS or at various locations throughout the Kansas City Metro.
What does PALS cost?
Usually there is no charge for PALS events, however, occasionally there is a small fee to offset the cost of tickets.
To enhance the lives of 7-11 year-olds with Down syndrome by providing opportunities to create lasting friendships, while promoting independence. The DSG believes that all children can succeed at home, school, and in the community when given the proper support.
Upcoming PALS Events
PALS KC Ballet School: Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 6pm-8pm @ DSG.
World Down Syndrome Day Community Champion nominations are open!
DSG is excited to announce its Annual World Down Syndrome Day Community Champion nominations are now open! Know someone who exemplifies what it means to be an advocate of individuals with Down syndrome? Show that person in your community how much you appreciate their hard work, care, and support for your child.
Nominations must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 4th, 2019. Winners will be announced in early February. If you have any questions, email email@example.com.
Go to: https://www.kcdsg.org/wdsd1.php and click on the nomination form to download.
Have you heard about RAZ Kids?
Schools use it, but families are unable to get access to it a lot because of the license agreement. DSG purchased a license that enables you to have access to RAZ kids PLUS which has thousands of books online and enables your kids to earn points and build things just for reading books. We will set the level to meet your kiddos needs! The cost to you is $10 per kid and is good until August 2019! To purchase the license on your own would be outrageous. If you are interested, purchase below.