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!
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.
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. Most events will take place from 5:30-7:00 PM and be held 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.
DSG’s number one priority is the safety of the people we serve, our staff, and volunteers. We have been closely monitoring the COVID-19/Coronavirus situation, while developing and deploying numerous methods of “virtually” serving our population during this uncertain time. With both Kansas and Missouri officially closing schools through the end of 2019-2020 academic year, we have decided to extend the cancellation of our “in-person” services through Friday, June 5th.