A large conference with nationally known speakers is typically scheduled bi-annually. Conferences have focused on social issues, healthcare, behavioral issues, sexuality, abuse prevention, estate planning and education techniques.
We are devoted to providing pertinent educational opportunities that empower our membership and community to become better educated about people with Down syndrome, the challenges they face, and how to help these individuals achieve their life goals.
Smaller Scale Workshops and Talks
Periodically, we schedule smaller scale workshops and programs that cover topics related to Down syndrome in the areas of parenting, education, healthcare, recreation, therapies, self advocacy, sibling issues, behavior, and life planning to name a few.
Skills to Thrive & Survive Teen& Adult Years - Virtual Conference presented by Dennis McGuire, LCSW, PhD
Saturday, November 14, 2020 from 9:00 am- 11:00 am
Teens & adults with Down syndrome can survive and thrive despite concrete forms of thinking and behaving, which may greatly limit communication, flexibility, adaptive-ness to change and to new settings, as well as to negatively affect their perception of time & humor. There are in fact huge benefits to concrete thinking and also host of adaptive strategies that take advantage of other strengths and resources to manage this problem, such as the use of visual cues and the reliance on set patterns and routines, to learn or transfer skills to new settings. We will also discuss better ways to use their superb but quite often under-developed intuition and social sensitivity to enhance social relations. Finally, like all of us, people with DS need power and control and their attempts may become a little extreme or misguided but not if there is an understanding & encouragement for healthy & productive ways to do for self at each stage of life.
Dr. McGuire is a Down syndrome behavioral expert with more than 30 years of experience in the fields of mental health and developmental disabilities. He is the former Director of Psychosocial Services for the Adult Down Syndrome Center of Lutheran General Hospital in suburban Chicago, the largest, most prestigious clinic for adults with Down syndrome in the United States. He helped establish the center, which serves over 4,000 unique adult patients with Down syndrome each year. Dr. McGuire keynotes at events around the world and is the co-author of two prominent books about promoting wellbeing in adults with Down syndrome: Mental Wellness of Adults with Down Syndrome (2006), and The Guide to Good Health for Teens and Adults with Down Syndrome (2011), both by Woodbine House. He received the National Down Syndrome Congress Theodore D. Tjossem Research Award in 2003 and the World Down Syndrome Day Scientific Award in 2010. McGuire continues to see couples, families, and individuals in a private practice in the Chicago area. Dr. McGuire received his doctorate from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his master degree from the University of Chicago.
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To enhance the quality of life for all people whose lives are touched by Down syndrome.
We envision a community that demonstrates acceptance, inclusion and appreciation for those who have Down syndrome.