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Due to Covid-19 Peer Development Classes are now being offered Virtually.

For more information please contact Programs@dscba.org

Peer Development Classes

We are proud to offer our Peer Development Classes—a therapeutic program that is educational and developmental, geared specifically to the needs of children born with Down syndrome. These classes embody a unique combination of cognitive skills and social/behavioral interaction.

Our Peer Development Classes are conducted by age group with a focus on developing strong core strength, gross and fine motor as well as social and friendship-building skills. >Click here to see a video of one of our Peer Development Classes. 

There is a small fee for our classes; please call for the schedule. Scholarships are available >Click here for scholarship application.(PDF Document)

Ages listed below are a guideline and are based on current attendees in the classes. Please contact Programs@dscba.org if you are interested in any of these classes.

Young Adults (Antioch)

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The goals of the transitioning youth and young adult classes are to improve students’ language development, reading comprehension, confidence and self-expression. The emphasis is on enhancing socialization skills, building friendships and practicing teamwork, cooperation and respect for self and others. 

Young Adults

Tuesdays: 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Lynda Green 

Class Location: Elite Dance & Event Center, 304 G Street, Antioch Ca 94509 

Early Elementary (Danville)

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Class activities focus on improving motor skills through challenging obstacle courses; working on cognitive tasks as we learn to follow, interpret and comprehend a story; developing social interaction as we learn to wait our turn, encourage others and adapt to an environment of cooperation, interaction and socialization.

Early Elementary (Ages 5-9)

Mondays: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Facilitator: Susan Coulson, Assistant: K. Leigh Alfrey

Teens (Danville)

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The goals of the Teen Classes are to improve students’ language development, reading comprehension, confidence and self-expression. The emphasis is on enhancing socialization skills, building friendships and practicing teamwork, cooperation and respect for self and others.

Teens (Ages 14–18)

Wednesdays: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Facilitator: Laura Briggs

Young Adults (Danville)

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The goals of the young adult classes are to improve students’ language development, reading comprehension, confidence and self-expression. The emphasis is on enhancing socialization skills, building friendships and practicing teamwork, cooperation and respect for self and others.

 

Young Adults (Ages 21 - 26)

Tuesdays: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Facilitators: Marianne Iversen - Susan Coulson 

Adults (Danville)

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These classes are groups that support key skills for the adult-aged population. We focus on skill building in three main areas: Social/Friendship, Leisure/Recreation and Inter/Independent Living. These very active and fun groups emphasize positive communication and social values, personal awareness and empowerment through vital peer and group relationships, fitness and recreation, and creative movement and the expressive arts. Emphasis is on ability and personal responsibility in a safe and exciting group.

Adults

Thursdays: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Facilitators: Marianne Iversen - Susan Coulson

Young Adults (Berkeley)

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These classes are groups that support key skills for the adult-aged population. We focus on skill building in three main areas: Social/Friendship, Leisure/Recreation and Inter/Independent Living. These very active and fun groups emphasize positive communication and social values, personal awareness and empowerment through vital peer and group relationships, fitness and recreation, and creative movement and the expressive arts. Emphasis is on ability and personal responsibility in a safe and exciting group. 

Young Adults (Ages 18 - 25)

Thursdays: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Facilitators: Mia Elser

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists
Connie Barbour Rm (upstairs),1606 Bonita Ave., Berkeley 

Young Adults (Castro Valley)

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The goals of the transitioning youth and young adult classes are to improve students’ language development, reading comprehension, confidence and self-expression. The emphasis is on enhancing socialization skills, building friendships and practicing teamwork, cooperation and respect for self and others.

Young Adults

Tuesdays: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Facilitator: Breonnie Barros

Faith Lutheran Church, Classroom #3
20090 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley

Tweens & Teens (Dublin)

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The goals of the transtioning youth and young adult classes are to improve students’ language development, reading comprehension, confidence and self-expression. The emphasis is on enhancing socialization skills, building friendships and practicing teamwork, cooperation and respect for self and others.

For more information, contact Programs@dscba.org

Tweens & Teens

Wednesdays: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Facilitator: Terese Ghilarducci

John Knox Presbyterian Church, Library
7421 Amarillo Rd, Dublin

Adults (Oakland)

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These classes are groups that support key skills for the adult-aged population. We focus on skill building in three main areas: Social/Friendship, Leisure/Recreation and Inter/Independent Living. These very active and fun groups emphasize positive communication and social values, personal awareness and empowerment through vital peer and group relationships, fitness and recreation, and creative movement and the expressive arts. Emphasis is on ability and personal responsibility in a safe and exciting group.

Adults

Wednesdays: 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Zoe Manoguerra

East Bay Community Space, Main Space
507 55thSt. (@Telegraph), Oakland

Teens (San Mateo)

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The goals of the transtioning youth and young adult classes are to improve students’ language development, reading comprehension, confidence and self-expression. The emphasis is on enhancing socialization skills, building friendships and practicing teamwork, cooperation and respect for self and others.

For more information, contact Julie at julie@dscba.org.

Teens (Ages 13-17)

Location: Hope Lutheran Church, 600 42nd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403

Adults (San Francisco)

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These classes are groups that support key skills for the adult-aged population. We focus on skill building in three main areas: Social/Friendship, Leisure/Recreation and Inter/Independent Living. These very active and fun groups emphasize positive communication and social values, personal awareness and empowerment through vital peer and group relationships, fitness and recreation, and creative movement and the expressive arts. Emphasis is on ability and personal responsibility in a safe and exciting group.

Adults

Tuesdays: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Facilitator: Christina Lewis

John O’Connell High School, School of Technology
2355 Folsom St., Room 111, San Francisco

Adults (Vallejo)

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These classes are groups that support key skills for the adult-aged population. We focus on skill building in three main areas: Social/Friendship, Leisure/Recreation and Inter/Independent Living. These very active and fun groups emphasize positive communication and social values, personal awareness and empowerment through vital peer and group relationships, fitness and recreation, and creative movement and the expressive arts. Emphasis is on ability and personal responsibility in a safe and exciting group.

Adults (Ages 20 & Up)

Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Samantha White 

Location: Regional Education Center - Room 21, 436 Del Sur St., Vallejo

FOR INFORMATION ON THIS CLASS PLEASE CONTACT Programs@dscba.org

Young Adults (Pleasant Hill)

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These classes are groups that support key skills for the adult-aged population. We focus on skill building in three main areas: Social/Friendship, Leisure/Recreation and Inter/Independent Living. These very active and fun groups emphasize positive communication and social values, personal awareness and empowerment through vital peer and group relationships, fitness and recreation, and creative movement and the expressive arts. Emphasis is on ability and personal responsibility in a safe and exciting group.

Young Adults (Ages 20 & Up)

Wednesdays: 4:00 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. 

Facilitator: Teresa Jorgensen 
Location: Fame Yamaha Music Center,  140 Mayhew Way, Suite A101, Pleasant Hill