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Down Syndrome and Vitamin Therapy: Unlocking the Secrets of Health, Behaviour and Intelligence Kent MacLeod, B.Sc. Phm. Kent MacLeod is the founder and CEO of NutriChem Compounding Pharmacy and Clinic. An international thought leader, he is also an award-winning pharmacist with over 30 years of clinical experience in delivering patient-centered health care. Kent MacLeod has become an internationally recognized expert in women’s health issues and ortho-nutrition. He has lectured on the subject at various conferences, published research and is developing course material for other clinics based on the success of NutriChem. His dedication to wellness has resulted in numerous awards including the Canadian Compounding Pharmacist of the Year award, the Distinguished Practice Award and the Outstanding Service Award for Innovation. He is the author the book: “ Down Syndrome and Vitamin Therapy: Unlocking the Secrets of Health, Behaviour and Intelligence” and has lectured throughout North America and Europe on children’s health, Down Syndrome,...
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Climb & Cruise Mornings When: Saturday March 29th, 20149:30 AM to 11:30 AM Saturday April 26th, 20149:30 AM to 11:30 AM Where: The Peanut Club2788 Bathurst St.North York, ON View Map: http://goo.gl/maps/v3csC Climb & Cruise Mornings (CCM) will offer parents an opportunity to meet with other parents on a social basis while children are given the opportunity to interact with peers in a positive, playful manner. We invite you to join us for this FREE event to meet new friends and reconnect with existing ones while having a good time. This event is open to children ages 0 to 7. As with most indoor playgrounds, outdoor footware is not permitted in the play area and socks must be worn at all times. If your child has clean indoor shoes, they may wear them. To register please click on the link below. If you have any question you can email us at...
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Culinary Arts Program We have an announcement regarding DSAT's Culinary Arts program. During our Fall/Winter sessions we were unable to secure full attendance at both the Don Mills and Etobicoke locations and due to the financial cost, the decision was made to consolidate into one monthly class at a more central location. Going forward, the cooking classes will be held on Saturdays at the St. Clair Ave West Loblaws (396 St Clair Ave West, Toronto). We hope that this weekend time slot, more central location and accessibility by TTC, will help improve the attendance and allow DSAT to keep this program going. This cooking program is for youth and young adults and provides a great opportunity to meet new friends, work together and have a fun. The new dates and times can be found below. When: Feb 22nd 3:30 – 5:30 pm (only time available in February) March 22nd – Cancelled...
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CALLING ALL TEENS WITH DOWN SYNDROME AGES 13 - 19 DSAT PAL 1319 EVENT(for teens age 13-19) WHAT:  5 Pin Bowling at Bowlerama WHEN: Friday, February 28th WHERE: Bathurst Bowlerama2788 Bathurst Street (at Glencairn)North York,ON M6B 3A3416-782-1841http://www.bathurstbowlerama.com/ View Map: http://goo.gl/maps/zlR1j INTINERARY: 6:30 – Drop Off 7:00 – 8:00 – Teens Bowl (5 Pin Bowling)8:00 – 8:30 – Socialize and Snack8:30 – Pick Up COST: $6.00/teen, includes shoe rental Snack bar is gluten free, however if there is another dietary restriction, Teen can bring in their own snack RSVP:  http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/pal-1319-bowlerama-tickets-10567223851  Please RSVP by Tuesday February 18  ...

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Managing Challenging Behaviour Workshop Overview: Many individuals with Down’s Syndrome exhibit challenging behaviour that can be frustrating for parents/caregivers/siblings/teachers. These negative behaviours often impede learning. This workshop provides evidenced-based information to assist families and educators in developing effective strategies to manage aberrant behaviour. In this workshop, a heavy emphasis will be placed on the following 3 areas: Determining the function of behaviour (i.e., WHY individuals engage in negative behaviour) Managing negative behaviours when they occur Teaching alternative, function-based skills to promote meaningful behaviour change. Shayna Gaunt, MA, BCBA Shayna Gaunt, a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst, has 15+ years of experience implementing Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) with individuals with Down’s Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, and other developmental delays. She is the founder and director of Kid Mechanix, Inc. She also has international experience providing clinical expertise and training workshops to clients in the US, Costa Rica, England, Egypt, and...
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DSAT PAL 612 - Valentine Themed Event Introducing the first DSAT PAL 612 outing for children with DS aged 6-12. In keeping with the DSAT PAL groupings, the Down Syndrome Association of Toronto is pleased to launch the 612 addition! Please join us for an evening of fun with cupcake making, songs, games and valentine crafts. Friendships and socialization with peers is the focus of PAL 612, however, since learning is always key with our children, there will be experienced professionals to help nurture their developments. The professional guests at this event will be: Kristine Locklin, Occupational Therapist, Little Hands Occupational Therapy for Kids Nancy Howson, ECE, 20 years experience, special needs Parent volunteers are Pina Sciarra, Maureen Leon and Stephanie Myers, DSAT board member.With the professional assistance, we hope to encourage play, fine motor and speech development while having fun! Parents and siblings are welcome to socialize! Snacks and fruit...
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Transforming the Lives of Children with Special Needs: An Introduction to the Anat Baniel Method for ParentsOverview:In this workshop Judith introduces innovating theory and practices you can use in your daily life for breakthrough outcomes with your child.  You will learn the cutting edge theory behind the Anat Baniel Method, the 9 Essentials for waking up the brain, how to turn your child into a powerful learner, and you will have the opportunity to experience a transformational movement lesson.  Judith Dack Bio:Judith Dack is the founder and director of Uptown Studio, in central Toronto, Ontario. Judith’s passion for movement started with her love of dance. When a knee injury ended her dance career, she turned her attention to the therapeutic possibilities of movement. This work took on a new urgency for Judith when her infant daughter was diagnosed with acute Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. Determined to give her daughter the best possible...
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DSAT is proud to offer Music Therapy through New Song Music Therapy Ltd  The program is call “The Music Tree (Early Intervention Music)” and is offer by Thyra Andrews BMT, MTA, AVPT, MA Candidate This music program is for young children and does not require a formal assessment. The music tree programs aims to improve musical awareness, social skills, language skills, visual skills and auditory skills in the young children who participate. The approaches are movement to music, singing songs, and playing instruments. Children attend with their parents until age 5. About New Song Music Therapy Ltd. “New Song”: New Song is a company that provides quality music therapy and adapted music services to a variety of populations. The company was created with a strong desire to offer personalized services based on the specific needs expressed and observed. New Song focuses on the creative use of music and its elements by...
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CALLING ALL TEENS WITH DOWN SYNDROME AGES 13 - 19 DSAT PAL 1319 (for teens age 13-19) DSAT is excited to introduce a new exclusive program PAL 1319 (for teens age 13-19). This unique drop off program is designed for teens with Down syndrome (DS) to meet new friends, gain independence and develop life skills through fun, social outings with other teens with DS. Each outing will be organized, lead and fully supervised by the DSAT PAL 1319 team consisting of parents, professionals and volunteers. Such outings will include but not limited to; movies, bowling, dinner, etc. and will occur once a month, throughout the year. The teens will be encouraged to pay for necessary items (tickets, food, etc.) independently with cash, credit or debit, with adult supervision to encourage appropriate and suitable independence. Our first group event will be held January 24th, 2014. During our first event we encourage parents to...
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Yoga for the Special Child Yoga for the Special Child(R), L.L.C., the Sonia Sumar Method is a step-by-step hands on & integrated system of hatha yoga poses, eye exercises, specialized breathing exercises, music and sound therapy and relaxation techniques. YSC is designed to increase basic motor, cognitive & communication skills in children with developmental challenges such as Down Syndrome. Instructor: Instructor Sherry LeBlanc: Hon. B Sc.; Director of Yoga 4 Kids & yogi dreams™; E-RYT 500 & Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance; Graduate & Licensed Practitioner of & Certified Teacher for Yoga for the Special Child ®,LLC,; Certified Intermediate Integral Hatha Yoga and Meditation teacher. Sherry is a yoga teacher who, for 15 years, has specialized in teaching yoga to children & teens of all ages & abilities in public and private schools, daycares, yoga studios, dance studios & private clubs. She offers private yoga therapy to infants, children...
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INTRODUCING "DSAT PAL PROGRAMS" Keeping with the importance of building social networks, DSAT is extremely excited to offer our new "DSAT PAL (Play and Learn) Programs". The PAL programs will offer various events and activities to help develop and nurture a social network while learning and having fun with peers. DSAT PAL PROGRAMS: PAL 05 (Ages 0 to 5)Through the DSAT PAL 05, our children will establish friendships that will be sure to last a lifetime. Climb & Cruise Mornings (CCM) offer parents an opportunity to socialize with other parents of children with Down syndrome while their children play and interact with their peers. Siblings are welcome to join. All Climb & Cruise Mornings are held at The Peanut Club, 2788 Bathurst St. North York, ON. Upcoming CCM Dates: Saturday January 25th, 20149:30 AM to 11:30 AMhttps://www.eventbrite.com/event/9277197347 Saturday February 22nd, 20149:30 AM to 11:30 AMhttps://www.eventbrite.com/event/9277317707 PAL 612 (Ages 6 to 12)DSAT...
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Climb & Cruise Mornings When: Saturday January 25th, 20149:30 AM to 11:30 AM Saturday February 22nd, 20149:30 AM to 11:30 AM Where: The Peanut Club2788 Bathurst St.North York, ONhttp://www.peanutclub.com/ View Map: http://goo.gl/maps/v3csC Climb & Cruise Mornings (CCM) will offer parents an opportunity to meet with other parents on a social basis while children are given the opportunity to interact with peers in a positive, playful manner. We invite you to join us for this FREE event to meet new friends and reconnect with existing ones while having a good time. This event is open to children ages 0 to 7. As with most indoor playgrounds, outdoor footwear is not permitted in the play area and socks must be worn at all times. If your child has clean indoor shoes, they may wear them. To register please click on the links below. If you have any question you can email us at...
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DSAT PAL 1319(for teens age 13-19) DSAT is excited to introduce a new exclusive program PAL 1319 (for teens age 13-19) This unique drop off program is designed for teens with Down syndrome (DS) to meet new friends, gain independence and develop life skills through fun, social outings with other teens with DS. Each outing will be organized, lead and fully supervised by the DSAT PAL 1319 team consisting of parents, professionals and volunteers. Such outings will include but not limited to; movies, bowling, dinner, etc. and will occur once a month, throughout the year. The teens will be encouraged to pay for necessary items (tickets, food, etc.) independently with cash, credit or debit, with adult supervision to encourage appropriate and suitable independence.DSAT is very excited to launch this new unique program for our teens and we look forward to having your sons or daughters joining the group! If you have...
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Special Olympics Active Start Program - REGENT PARK COMMUNITY CENTRE Active Start is a program for children aged 2-6 with an intellectual disability. Wednesdays 6 - 7 PM, starts Jan 15 —Mar 26 South Regent Park CC- Gym - 203 Sackville Grn M5A 3H1 - Dundas/Parliament For more information or to register please contact: stephwhite9@gmail.com | massotsteph@gmail.com | laurahv.wright@gmail.com Click here to view the flyer...
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  Climb & Cruise Mornings   When:   Saturday November 23rd, 2013 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM   Where:   The Peanut Club 2788 Bathurst St. North York, ON http://www.peanutclub.com/   View Map: http://goo.gl/maps/v3csC   Climb & Cruise Mornings (CCM) will offer parents an opportunity to meet with other parents on a social basis while children are given the opportunity to interact with peers in a positive, playful manner. We invite you to join us for this FREE event on Saturday October 26th to meet new friends and reconnect with existing ones while having a good time.    This event is open to children ages 0 to 7.  As with most indoor playgrounds, outdoor footware is not permitted in the play area and socks must be worn at all times.  If your child has clean indoor shoes, they may wear them. To register please click on the link below.  If you have...
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HI EVERYONE!!! As you all know, Dance Rock is getting increasingly popular, with DJ Arif (www.djarif.com). As more and more dancers fill the church basement, we want to ensure that everyone is having a good time in safe surroundings. For that reason, we’ve decided to keep our downstairs entrance doors locked and closed to dancers until opening time at 7:30 pm which allows dance organizers and volunteers to set up. Parents/caregivers sign MUST leave a phone number they can be reached at on the the contact sheet at EVERY dance (adding the names of any teens who you are car-pooling with) and make sure your dancer is wearing a name tag. Finally, parking on MacNaughton is NOT advised. It upsets the neighbourhood and does attract yellow tickets from Toronto's finest. Please park in the church parking lot or the neighbouring school parking lot. Both are free, vacant and a better option....
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Preparing for Life after High School for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities Each year another group of students who have an intellectual disability leave high school and begin to look for opportunities that will support their continued development and engagement in their communities. Community agencies are collecting information about existing opportunities and looking for ways to expand the availability of opportunities in the future. Two ways of meeting the growing demand are (1) to offer activities for a fee, and (2) to help connect individuals to programs in colleges or universities. In order to do this effectively, we need input from individuals with intellectual disabilities who are 14 years of age or older, or their parents, as to what types of community activities, programs or education, would be useful for you/ your child. This survey was based on the work of two groups: representatives from a number of Developmental Services agencies looking...
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Naughty? Nice?  Either way, you're invited! Join DSAT for their Annual Holiday Party When: Saturday, December 7th from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM Visit with Santa from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PMFood will be served at 5:30 PM Please Note: If your child will be visiting with Santa we ask that you bring a small wrapped gift valued at no more than $20. Make sure you include your child's name, from Santa. Remember to bring your camera for this photo-op. Teens and Adults will be participating in fun games involving small prizes. Suggested age group for these teen/adult games is 13 and up. Where: Kids Fun City150 Lesmill North York, ON M3B 2T5http://www.kidsfuncity.ca/ Kids Fun City is Toronto's top indoor playground which features amazing attractions such as Atomic Rush, Mini Bowling, Mini Golf, Games Room and the Laser Frenzy Maze. There's also a Playground area with Tube Slides. Who: This is...
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  Free Movie Screening - Colegas ("Buddies"): Buddies is a 2012 Brazilian adventure-comedy film written and directed by Marcelo Galvão. The film tells the story of three young people with Down syndrome working in the video library of the institute where they live. One day, inspired by the movie "Thelma & Louise", they decide to flee in search of new adventures. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llAUN41cb4U Thanks to both Felipe Cerqueira (BRAFFTV) and director Marcelo Galvão and Harbourfront Center; DSAT is able to offer a free screening of this film at the Harbourfront Studio Theatre on Wednesday November 6th at 7:30 PM Harbourfront Centre235 Queens Quay WestToronto, Ontario Please note: The film has English Subtitles Click here for free tickets to the movie screening (https://www.eventbrite.ca/event/9082131901) ...
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  National Down Syndrome Awareness Week (NDSAW) Events: Parent Social Kickoff - November 1st Lighting of the CN tower - November 4th Ed Series with Len Nicholson - November 4th and 5th  Free Movie Screening - Colegas ("Buddies") - November 6th Ed Series with Len Nicholson - November 7th   Parent Social Kickoff @ Bier Markt: Join us on Friday November 1st for DSAT's National Down Syndrome Awareness Week (NDSAW) Parent Social Kickoff. This adult social event is hosted by DSAT and begins at 6:00 pm. This event will provide a friendly social atmosphere to make new connections or reconnect with existing ones.   When:   Friday Nov 1st 6 PM to 10 PM +Happy Hour 6 PM to 7 PM Band goes on at 10 PM   Where:   Bier Markt - Don Mills 7 O'Neill Road Toronto, ON M3C 0H2   To register for the Social Kickoff click here   Lighting of the...
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