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

For more information please contact Programs@dscba.org

THRIVE Programs

Our Participants THRIVE when they are:

Together
Happy
Respected
Independent
Valued
Empowered

We are proud to offer our THRIVE Programs—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 THRIVE Programs 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 THRIVE Programs. 

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.

Antioch - Tweens & Teens

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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.

Tweens & Teens

Thursdays:, 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Fall Session 1: Sep 24, Oct 1, 8,15, 22

Fall Session 2: Nov 5,12,19, (Nov 26 No Class), Dec 3, 10, 17

Facilitator: Lynda Green

Antioch - Young Adults

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

Fall Session 1: Sep 15, 22, 29, Oct 6, 13, 20

Fall Session 2: Nov 3, 10, 17, (Nov 24 No Class) Dec 1, 8, 15

Facilitator: Lynda Green 

Berkeley - Adults

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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 18 - 25)

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

Fall Session 1: Sep 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22

Fall Session 2: Nov 5, 12, 19, (Nov 26 No Class), Dec 3, 10, 17

Facilitators: Mia Elser

Castro Valley - Young Adults

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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

Mondays: 3:00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.

Fall Session 1: Sep 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, 19

Fall Session 2: Nov 2, 9, 16, (Nov 23 No Class) 30, Dec 7, 14

Facilitator: Breonnie Barros

Danville - Adults

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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. - 5:00 p.m.

Fall Session 1: Sep 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22

Fall Session 2: Nov 5, 12, 19, (Nov 26 No Class), Dec 3, 10, 17

Facilitators: Marianne Iversen - Susan Coulson

Danville - Early Elementary

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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)

Will return when programs resume on site.

Facilitator: Susan Coulson, Assistant: K. Leigh Alfrey

Danville - Teens

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

Fall Session 1: Sep 16, 23, 30, Oct 7, 14, 21

Fall Session 2: Nov 4, 11, 18, (Nov 25 No Class), Dec 2, 9, 16

Facilitator: Laura Briggs

Danville - Young Adults

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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. - 5:00 p.m.

Fall Session 1: Sep 15, 22, 29, Oct 6, 13, 20

Fall Session 2: Nov 3, 10, 17, (Nov 24 No Class) Dec 1, 8, 15

Facilitator: Marianne Iversen 

Dublin - Tweens & Teens

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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.

Tweens & Teens

Wednesdays: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Fall Session 1: Sep 16, 23, 30, Oct 7, 14, 21

Fall Session 2: Nov 4, 11, 18, (Nov 25 No Class), Dec 2, 9, 16 

Facilitator: Terese Ghilarducci

Oakland - Adults

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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: 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Fall Session 1: Sep 15, 22, 29, 6, 13, 20

Fall Session 2: Nov 3, 10, 17, (Nov 24 No Class), Dec 1, 8, 15

Facilitator: Zoe Manoguerra

San Francisco - Adults

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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: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Fall Session 1: Sept 15, 22, 29, Oct 6, 13, 20

Fall Session 2: Nov 3,10,17, (Nov 24 No Class), Dec 1, 8, 15

Facilitator: Christina Lewis

San Mateo - Teens

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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)

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

Fall Session 1: Sep 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, 19

Fall Session 2: Nov 2, 9, 16, (Nov 23 No Class), 30, Dec 7, 14

Facilitator: Samantha White

Vallejo - Adults

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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.- 6:30 p.m.

Fall Session 1: Sep 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 12,19

Fall Session 2: Nov 2, 9, 16, (Nov 23 No Class), 30, Dec 7, 14

Facilitator: Samantha White