Down Syndrome Awareness Project
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Members of DSSRI have been trained to teach this program at schools. This interactive project, with the students, can be tailor made for individual needs of students and schools.
The Awareness Project is presented during two 45-minute to one-hour sessions.
The first session is geared to discussion on Down syndrome:
What is Down syndrome?
How are our friends with Down syndrome like us?
What are the characteristics of Down syndrome?
What things might be difficult for our friends with Down syndrome?
How can we help our friends with Down syndrome?
How can we be a good friend to our classmate(s) with Down syndrome?
The second session is more hands-on activities.
The children will experience what it's like to actually have Down syndrome.
The children will have a marshmallow on their tongue to get an idea what it would be like if they had difficulty speaking and being understood. The children will tell their partner what they had for dinner the night before to see how difficult it is to be understood and what it would be like to not have the range of motion with their tongues. (Speech)
Using gloves/mittens/rubber gloves the children will try to pick up coins from their desks or tables; also tying their shoes. (Fine motor skills)
Using their non-dominant hand, the children are asked to write their name, address, phone number in cursive (if appropriate) on a piece of lined paper. Yes, you must stay in the lines! (Fine motor skills, short and long term memory)
Depending on the age group of the class, an Algebraic expression is written on the board and the children are asked to solve it; or a sentence in Spanish is written on the board and the children are asked to translate it. (Math solving skills, reading skills)
Given a list of commands by the presenter from DSSRI, the children are verbally given a list of commands. They are asked to listen first and then perform the commands, keeping them in the order in which they were given. (Short and long term memory)
In conclusion, we discuss the activities and how it would be to have these difficulties all the time. "What could we do to help our friends with Down syndrome if they were having trouble with any or all of these activities?"