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Grace Hunter

Family and Outreach Coordinator
Ages 2 - 6

Early Childhood

Welcome families of children with Down syndrome! Down Syndrome Innovations offers services for the developmental progress and social success of your child, as well as educational opportunities and future planning support for parents and caregivers.

We are on this journey with you, now and throughout the lifespan of your child. Consider us your lifetime provider on this journey.

Get Connected

Have you filled out our contact form?

We encourage you to fill out this contact form so a member of our team can follow up with you and recommend relevant services and supports, and we can add you to our mailing list.

It is especially critical that we have the birth date of your child. Birth dates are very important as they guide us in which services and supports to recommend to families at each stage of life.

We will follow up with you promptly after we receive your contact form, but you are welcome to message us directly as well, as we want to be responsive to your needs: Grace Hunter, Family and Outreach Coordinator.

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Wherever you are on your journey, our expert Lifespan Services Team is with you continually finding new ways to offer innovative services for every age and season of life. 

Services & Support

Down Syndrome Innovations offers services and support to families of children with Down syndrome.

 

Complimentary Consultations (virtual or in-person)

We can schedule time with you to get to know your family’s needs and your child’s current stage of development, and discuss services and supports relevant to this stage of your journey. We want to make the process of engaging with our organization as easy as possible for your family. If you are not sure what you need or how we can help, signing up for a consultation is the best step forward. There is something we can do at every step of the journey to support your family.

Playgroups for Young Children & Caregivers

Designed by our therapy team, playgroups promote the development and learning of children 2 to 6 years old, and provide education to caregivers to support positive life trajectories.

Playgroups take place at our Lifelong Learning Campus in Mission, KS.

Playgroup Preview

Enjoy a sneak peek into the new therapy gym on our Lifelong Learning Campus and learn about our upcoming pilot in May and and the launch of playgroups this summer.

 

Pathways Therapy Services

Our therapeutic services, designed and facilitated by our highly skilled and licensed therapy team, equip your child with Down syndrome, his/her caregivers and extended family members, with skill-building strategies and individualized supports that are targeted to daily life in the home and community. The Pathways therapy team includes a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), Occupational Therapists (OT), and Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP). Some services are designed for coaching caregivers and others are designed for direct intervention for your child with Down syndrome. Pathways therapy services may take place on our Lifelong Learning Campus in Mission, KS or through teletherapy.

Learn more about Pathways Therapies

If you are interested in learning more or signing up, the first step is to get in touch with one of our consultants.

Smart Start (Educational Series for Parents and Caregivers)

The Smart Smart educational series is for parents of children with Down syndrome 3-6 years old who are anticipating the transition to Kindergarten. This series has 4 sessions held throughout the school year focusing on student readiness, parent/school relations, placement and IEPs, and fostering friendships. Parents will have the opportunity to learn from our specialists, ask questions, receive resources, and meet other parents whose children are also preparing for kindergarten.

*This service is complimentary, fully funded by our generous donors.

 

Resources

Down Syndrome Innovations provides essential, vetted resources to parents of Children with Down Syndrome.

Health Care Information for Families of Children with Down Syndrome

The Down Syndrome Health Care Guidelines are a thoughtful composite of the input of many experts involved in the care of people with Down syndrome. They reflect current standards and practices of health care in the United States of America. They have been designed for a wide audience: for health care professionals who are providing primary care, as well as specialists, nursing personnel and other allied health professionals, educators and early intervention providers, and parents and other caregivers.

Other Websites

Here are some other sites that might be useful.

Down Syndrome Clinic at Children's Mercy Hospital

Down Syndrome Clinic at Children’s Mercy Hospital serves as a medical screening mechanism for children with Down syndrome from birth through adolescence, following the Health Care Guidelines created by the National Network of Medical Clinics for Children with Down syndrome. An experienced team of professionals with an expertise and interest in Down syndrome participate in a weekly Down Syndrome Clinic in which each provider meets with the scheduled patient and their family to review and evaluate the specific needs of each child.

Events

Check out our upcoming events.

Special Olympics: Young Athletes

[For ages 4 – 7]  In partnership with Special Olympics, Young Athletes is designed to promote the development of an active lifestyle through play for children between the ages... READ MORE

  • DateTuesdays & Thursdays, beginning in July
  • Time9 - 10 am
  • Enroll NowClick Here
  • PriceComplimentary / FREE

Topeka Family Event

Let’s go “Bonkers” together at this family event in Topeka! This event is an opportunity to connect families from Shawnee and Douglas County! Every participant will receive access to... READ MORE

  • Date:Friday, June 3rd
  • Time:6:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Location:Bonkers: 5515 Southwest 21st St, Topeka, KS 66604
  • Price:Complimentary / FREE
  • Learn MoreClick Here!

2022 KC Step Up Walk

Hey KC, are you ready to STEP UP FOR DOWN SYNDROME?! Join us for a day of celebration for all individuals with Down syndrome and their families! Attendees will... READ MORE

  • Date:Saturday, October 15, 2022
  • Time:10 am - 2 pm / Walk @ 1:30 pm
  • Location:Arrowhead Stadium, Parking Lot C
  • Register
  • Learn More

38th Birthday Bash at Down Syndrome Innovations!

Grab your family and friends and join us for our 38th Birthday Bash as we recognize nearly 4 decades of our mission dedicated to people with Down syndrome! That’s... READ MORE

  • Date:Saturday, June 11th
  • Time:9:30 - 11:30 am
  • Location:Down Syndrome Innovations Campus: 5916 Dearborn Street, Mission KS 66202
  • Price:Complimentary / FREE
  • To Register:Click Here!

Summer Playgroups

For Ages 2 – 6 years old  |  Summer Playgroups* are designed to promote development and learning for children with Down syndrome. Created by our Pathways Therapy Team, our... READ MORE

  • Wednesdays, beginning June 15thTime: 5:00-6:00pm
  • Fridays, beginning July 15thTime: 8:30 - 9:30 am
  • Enroll NowClick Here
  • PriceComplimentary / FREE
Ages 2 - 6

Early Childhood

Welcome families of children with Down syndrome! Down Syndrome Innovations offers services for the developmental progress and social success of your child, as well as educational opportunities and future planning support for parents and caregivers.

We are on this journey with you, now and throughout the lifespan of your child. Consider us your lifetime provider on this journey.