Down Syndrome Innovations offers a variety of Health & Wellness services to promote the long-term success of people with Down syndrome. Health and Wellness are critical for positioning individuals with Down syndrome for success in all aspects of life. These services are the result of our Lifespan Framework that addresses the skills of Daily Living, Communication, Social-Emotional, Community Engagement, Health & Wellness, Safety, and Vocational Development.
In addition to the services outlined below, Down Syndrome Innovations elevates health and wellness year-round through periodic programming such as Sports Skills Clinics; Educational Seminars for Caregivers; Young Athletes; Health Education and Fitness Nights for Teens & Adults; and Fitness-Focused Family Connection Events. Be sure to check out our Services/Events Page to see the latest offerings!
Health & Wellness Consultation:
This is your opportunity to have your wellness questions answered, while also having the help you need in developing proactive strategies for incorporating more activity into your loved one’s life. Each person’s situation is unique, which is why we use this time to learn more about your loved one’s challenges so that we may offer informed advice—tailored to the individual. From learning more about common health conditions associated with Down syndrome to finding out how to improve activity levels, this is a great first step towards better health.
This service creates a plan to set and achieve healthy eating goals. We will walk through factors to consider and healthy options for the whole family. This is accomplished through utilizing the “Precision Nutrition” coaching method; customized diet goals; and a useful plan to achieve your goals.
These 45-minute classes feature workouts tailored to each individual’s goals, abilities, and experience levels. No two people are the same and we believe workouts should align with each person!
Capped at six people, these classes provide personal coaching and attention. These workouts can be scaled and modified for any fitness level and are a great way to kick start the fitness journey!
These 45-minute classes are designed for general improvement of strength and endurance. Ideal for individuals who can follow along with minimal prompts in a group setting, these classes are great for those wanting to add exercise to their weekly routine.
Each workout is structured to benefit multiple attributes of overall fitness, while also designed to be adaptable to all levels of experience.
In partnership with Special Olympics, Young Athletes is designed to promote the development of an active lifestyle through play for children between the ages of 4-7.
Self-advocates will engage in a variety of activities and games alongside their peers targeted towards gross motor and social skill development. Each young athlete will be provided 1:1 support from a parent/caregiver or volunteer.
These weekly ONLINE fitness classes incorporate simple, body weight exercises that can be done from the comfort of home. Workouts are 30 minutes and designed to be engaging and easy to follow.
No exercise equipment is necessary! All that is needed is a space to move and a device with an internet connection!
Community based workouts are inclusive exercise opportunities at various gyms around the Kansas City metro. Workouts are designed to improve functional strength and stamina. These occur at 3 different locations every month on Saturdays.
Athletes are expected to be able to follow instructions and a structured routine for a safe and meaningful exercise experience for all, and therefore there is a maximum number of participants per class. Spots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis, and based on commitment to the scheduled times. A waiting list will be created when enrollment is full for future opportunities.
After submitting the interest form, the Health and Wellness Coordinator will contact you to discuss your options for community workout participation in your local area.
Scott joined Down Syndrome Innovations in July 2020. He has over five years of experience providing health and wellness services to teens and adults with Down syndrome.
He believes that physical health is a critical aspect of independence and quality of life. Staying updated on the latest Down syndrome health research and best practices, Scott focuses on ensuring his trainings are effective, engaging, and appropriate for all ability levels.
Scott is passionate about helping people with Down syndrome reach their fullest potential, while also creating awareness about the need for regular physical activity. He believes that functional fitness is critical to helping individuals gain and keep meaningful employment.
Among his accolades, Scott was selected to present at the 2022 National Down Syndrome Congress Annual Convention in New Orleans—a convention attended by thousands of people from across the globe!