We Completed Our Pilot Program of The PDSSN Learning Program!
The PDSSN is proud to have completed our pilot program of The PDSSN Learning Program™, a supplementary educational program committed to helping children with Down syndrome succeed. This nationally-renowned program recognizes parents as a child’s first teacher. At each session, credentialed educators provided parents with training and resources to use at home to assist their children with their educational progress. The Learning Program™ was created by the Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County, and its practices are based on the research conducted by Down Syndrome Education International.
We hope to offer the PDSSN Learning Program again during the upcoming year as interest and funding become available (please see proposed class offerings listed below) . To be added to the waiting list, please complete and submit the following form:
Proposed Class Offerings:
Please note that the ages and grade ranges listed for each level are suggested guidelines. While these are included to facilitate the development of peer friendships, it is more important that the class be developmentally appropriate for your student.
(Ages 0 – 16 months)
LP Babies is designed for anyone new to the program with a child up to 16 months. The class will focus on early childhood development with an emphasis on language, fine and gross motor skills. Parents and children will learn together in a play-based environment.
(Ages 16 – 30 months)
LP Toddlers is geared for returning LP Toddlers or anyone new to the program with a child between 16 and 36 months. The class will focus on the development of pre-literacy, language and numeracy skills. Parents and children will learn together in a play-based environment.
(Ages 30 months – 4 years)
LP Pre-K is for returning LP Toddlers or anyone new to the program with a child between 30 months and 4 years. This class will focus on development of pre-literacy, language and numeracy skills, and kindergarten readiness.
LP Level 1
(Ages 3 – 7 years)
LP Level 1 is for families with a child approximately between the ages of 3-7, or up to 1st grade, beginning to show an interest in letters and numbers and able to attend to an activity for 5-10 minutes. Students entering this class should be able to understand at least 50 words. The parent workshops will cover topics such as Introduction to Literacy, Introduction to Numbers, How to Create an Effective Learning Session, Letters & Letter Sounds & Educational Options.
LP Level 2
(Ages 5 – 8 years)
LP Level 2 is for returning LP Level 1 students or anyone new to the program with a child between 5 and 8 years old. Students entering this class should have a foundation of Level 1 skills as described above. We will be working with predictable text such as carrier phrases and sentences with familiar pattern and repetition. Students will be developing beginning text-based comprehension skills such as understanding new vocabulary and recalling what they have just read. On the numeracy front, students should already have a familiarity with numbers as we’ll be introducing arithmetic operations and the concept of time. The parent workshops will cover topics such as Accessing the Curriculum, Phonology, Addition & Subtraction, Clock & Calendar and Friendship.
LP Level 3
(Ages 7 – 9 years)
LP Level 3 is for parents of returning LP Level 2 students or anyone new to the program with a child between 7 and 9 years old. Families are encouraged to allow students to remain in school during this class. Students who attend will experience small group tutoring with a focus on higher level literacy skills (independent sentence and paragraph formation and comprehension) and higher level math skills (math fact memorization, multi-digit operations, time & money). Students in Level 3 are comfortable with the Level 2 Emergent Reader Series and are competent with early number concepts.
LP Level 4
(Ages 8 – 10 years)
LP Level 4 is a continuation class available only to returning Level 3 families or families approved by the program team.
(Ages 9 – 14 years)
LP Grads is a continuation class available only to returning LP Co-Op families or families approved by the program team. Families are encouraged to allow students to remain in school during this class. Students who attend will participate in small group tutoring focusing on IEP goals for literacy and math.