During this upcoming weekend, I will be traveling to San Antonio, Texas, to participate in the always inspiring Annual Down syndrome convention, hosted by the National Down Syndrome Congress. I hope to see you and your families there. My schedule will be as follows, if you would like to stop by and say hello:
8:30-10:00 a.m. Sib Issues for Parents. My colleague, Sue Levine, and I will be presenting the following workshop for parents:
“What Your Other Children Without Down Syndrome Are Thinking: Sibling Issues for Parents.” Through a series of interactive exercises, parents will explore what questions, needs, and concerns are often raised by children who have a brother or sister with Down syndrome. Parents will come away with practical answers to commonly raised questions. This presentation draws upon Brian Skotko and Sue Levine’s publication in American Journal of Medical Geneticsand their new book, Fasten Your Seatbelt: A Crash Course on Down Syndrome for Brothers and Sisters. This workshop is also available online for free.
10:00-11:00 a.m. Book Signing. My colleague, Sue Levine, and I will be doing a book-signing for Fasten Your Seatbelt: A Crash Course on Down Syndrome for Brothers and Sisters. Come visit with us at the Woodbine House table in the exhibitors hall.
3:30-5:00 p.m. Healthcare Workshop for Parents. I will be presenting the following workshop on the healthcare needs for children and young adults with Down syndrome:
“Keeping Children and Adolescents with Down Syndrome Healthy: All the Medical Updates that Parents Need to Know.” In this presentation, Dr. Brian Skotko reviews all of the questions and concerns that parents most often have about their sons and daughters with Down syndrome. He provides the answers and action steps, stemming from the latest clinical research on people with Down syndrome. Based on his clinical experience in the Down Syndrome Program at Children’s Hospital Boston, Dr. Skotko makes sure that every parent can anticipate medical conditions so that the potentials of all people with Down syndrome are maximized.