DSI – The Learning Program

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Down Syndrome Indiana is excited to continue DSI – The Learning Program for the 2020-2021 school year.

The Learning Program – DSI is an educational program committed to helping students with Down syndrome succeed. An affiliate-partner of the Learning Program™, a nationally-recognized model for parent-focused intervention developed by the Down Syndrome Foundation (Orange County, CA), this program is grounded on evidence-based approaches established by world-recognized leaders in cognitive research.

Today we know more than ever about the cognitive profile of individuals with Down syndrome.  Strengths include visual learning, reading, and social skills while challenges often include speech/language and verbal short-term memory.  The Learning Program™ is an innovative program that serves as a platform for sharing instructional strategies, resources, and activities to improve academic outcomes for students with Down syndrome, equipping families with the knowledge and tools to work effectively at home and at school.

Over the past few years, DSI has been able to offer monthly parent sessions, while students participate in their own learning sessions in a TLP classroom.  As a result of COVID-19 and current social distancing concerns, The Learning Program – DSI will look a little different for the 2020-2021 season.  Sessions will be conducted ONLINE and will typically be for parents only.  Components of the student sessions will be incorporated into our monthly online parent sessions, providing parents with even more resources and ideas to utilize with students.  If our environment allows, some special activities for both parents and students will be planned.

The Learning Program – DSI will meet monthly from September 2020 through April 2021.

Cost:

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Level 1 materials pictured

The cost of the program is $200 (which covers the cost of monthly instructional books and materials).   Each month, parents will receive 2-4 instructional books to be used with students, along with a multitute of other resources, guides, materials, and activities to help equip them to be their child’s best first-teacher.   All participants will also have FREE access to The Learning Program On-line and the full repository of Instructions, Videos,  and Resources.

Locations:

  • PARENTS Online ONLY

Dates:

  • 9/26/20
    • Level 1 – 8:00am – 10:00amConley LP Grad
    • Level 2 – 10:00am – 12:00pm
  •  10/10/20/20
    • Level 1 – 8:00am – 10:00am
    • Level 2 – 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • 11/14/20
    • Level 1 – 8:00am – 10:00am
    • Level 2 – 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • 12/12/20
    • Levels 1 & 2 – 8:00am – 10:00am
  • 1/9/21
    • Levels 1 & 2 – 8:00am – 10:00am
  • 2/6/21
    • Levels 1 & 2 – 8:00am – 10:00am
  • 3/6/21
    • Levels 1 & 2 – 8:00am – 10:00am
  • 4/10/21
    • Levels 1 & 2 – 8:00am – 10:00am

What level should my child participate in?

We will again be offering 2 levels for our families:

  • Level 1 is generally recommended for those working with students in Pre-K through 1st grade (roughly ages 4-7). Level 1 focuses on supporting development of literacy skills (vocabulary development, sight word acquisition, sentence building and phonemic awareness), and math skills (early number concepts to 20, color, shape, sorting, patterning, and time). It also addresses general topics such as educational options, fostering independence, effective learning sessions, and memory.
  • Level 2 is generally recommended for those working with students in 2nd and 3rdgrade (roughly ages 7-10). Level 2 focuses on supporting development of literacy skills (fluency, vocabulary, early comprehension, sentences creation, phonics and spelling), and math skills (number concepts to 100, sorting, patterning, ordering, comparing and time). It also addresses general topics such as differentiating instruction, working effectively with your educational team, fostering independence, and memory.

Registration Deadline: August 1, 2020

For more information email garner@dsindiana.org.

About Our Teachers:

Jennifer Buechler

Jen Buechler is a wife, mother to five children, photographer, and educator.  She is a former teacher, teaching 1st and 2nd grades in fully inclusive classrooms and recently “retired” from her position as Director/Co-Director of Edgewood Preschool Cooperative.  Jen is one of the founders of 21 DreamS and is the current administrator/leader of the 21 JB PicDreamS project, a series of books and a platform for raising awareness,  acceptance, inclusion, and inspiration about Down syndrome (her youngest child, Lauryn, is the inspiration behind 21 DreamS).

Since Lauryn’s birth, Jen has immersed herself in learning how to best help Lauryn develop to her fullest potential, a potential beyond what is typically “expected” for individuals with an extra 21st chromosome.  She is a passionate advocate for inclusion in all areas, specifically education.  Jen has spent countless hours researching and implementing educational strategies that are most effective in helping children with Down syndrome learn and grow.

After discovering and successfully using The Learning Program with Lauryn as a supplement to classroom instruction, Jen was instrumental in bringing and implementing The Learning Program at Down Syndrome Indiana.  She has been the Student Classroom Teacher since the program’s inception.  She feels so blessed to be able to be involved in helping this wonderful program reach so many families.

Allison Boyll

Allison Boyll is an Indiana licensed elementary and middle school math teacher.  Her math teaching experiences include AB picAlgebra I and II, Geometry, and middle school math grades 6-8.  Most recently, Allison served as a 2nd grade classroom teacher and as an Elementary Title I tutor.  She also spent nearly 10 years working for the Joseph Maley Foundation, a local nonprofit with the mission of ‘serving children of all abilities.’  Allison is married and has two children, including a daughter who has Down syndrome.  Through life and professional experiences, Allison has developed a deep passion for advocating for and supporting diverse learners.  She sincerely believes in inclusive education and strives to support all children, as well as supporting their educators.  Currently, Allison serves as the Social Emotional Learning Coach at St. Monica Catholic School, supporting students’ social and emotional well-being, as well as supporting inclusivity throughout the school.  Allison is entering her fourth year of volunteering with Down Syndrome Indiana’s Learning

Amy Bosley

Amy Bosley is an Indiana licensed teacher and has Amy Bosleybeen an educator for over 15 years. She has taught third, fourth, and fifth grades. Most recently, she has been certified as a Reading Recovery teacher. She spends her school days helping the most struggling first graders master foundational reading skills and loves it! She also holds a principal’s license and has aspirations to hold an educational leadership position in the future.

Amy is the proud mother of Jilly and they are part of the DSI Terre Haute group. Jilly is seven years old and loves dancing, painting, being on-the-go, and anything related to learning. You can follow her AMAZING adventure via the page “321AMAZING” on Facebook.

To register for DSI – The Learning Program

  1. Complete the registration form below
  2. Pay online (with the PayPal button below) or mail in your check

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2020-2021 DSI – The Learning Program Session

$200.00

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