Value. Teach.
Celebrate. Serve.

Creating opportunities for learners with Down syndrome to shine!

Value. Teach.
Celebrate. Serve.

Creating opportunities for learners with Down syndrome to shine!

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We partner with families, educators, and organizations around the world to enhance education for learners with Down syndrome.

 

  • 17+ years of service
  • Developer of face-to-face and online platforms to share educational strategies, resources and activities
  • Member of NDSC's Center for Educational Excellence
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Students Served Yearly
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Organizational Partners
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Online Members

New TV & Movie Character Books, Boards & Draw-a-lines!

By Dana Halle | November 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

You ask and we deliver! Here are our new high interest TV and movie character books, boards and draw-a-lines.  Let us know what you think! Thank you Lauren! If you are not a member of the LP Archive, join here for free:  https://www.dsfoc.org/shop/lp-archive-free-membership/ The direct link to resources is here: https://www.dsfoc.org/lp-archive/results/?wpv-Topic=3-television-and-movie-character-sentence-books&wpv-language=english&wpv_filter_submit=Filter  

Recap of Spring & Summer Programs

By Dana Halle | September 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

We are getting ready to launch our Fall programming, but before we do, we wanted to share with you a recap of our Spring and Summer activities. Click here to see the Recap Video! 

Learning Program Registration Open!

By Dana Halle | August 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

We are pleased to invite you and your learner to participate in The Learning Program™ 2018-2019.  Over the past 15 years, the program has evolved into a national model for intervention. Working with researchers, credentialed teachers, licensed therapists and professors, the program serves to model best practices for working with students with Down syndrome. Direct…

The Learning Program equips participants with the knowledge and tools to work effectively with students in home and school settings.

  • Evidence-based teaching strategies and customized educational materials
  • Focus on building literacy and math skills, with occupational and speech therapy components
  • Developed in collaboration with educators, researchers, therapists and administrators
  • Adapted for in-person, online and classroom applications

What our members say...

“I'm LOVING the program. I get SO MUCH out of the webinars - advice, suggestions, ideas, hope, and encouragement. Thanks for what you are doing for us!!”

-- Sandy L.
LP Online, Level 2 Member

"I think the online program is amazing! Our sessions are short but I have found them to be very effective. Z shows so much pride in himself when we finish each book and we give high fives! It makes this mommy very happy to watch her son love learning! Thank you for all you do to make this available to so many families."

-- Stephanie L.
LP Online, Level 1 Member

“The Learning Program has helped with my confidence as a parent to teach my child with Down syndrome. I feel like part of a large community of families who have children with Down syndrome. I love that I have materials to use with my child.”

-- Heather S.
LP Orange County Member

For Family & Educators

Online Classes

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VisuaLearn iPad App

Improve vocabulary development, sight word acquisition and sentence building.

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Learning Program Store

Educational resources to support students at home and in school.

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LP Resources

We've developed an extensive list of educational resources.

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Local Resources

Find classes, after-school programs, and more in your area.

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DSF Learning Center

Classes, programs, and resources available in Irvine, CA.

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Empowered Educator Program

A program for educators developed through collaboration with the National Down Syndrome Congress as part of its Center for Educational Excellence.

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Not sure where to begin?

Tell our staff about your learner's strengths and needs, and we will guide you to resources and courses to help them shine!

What our partners say...

"The students who participated in the Learning Program classes hosted by the Down Syndrome Guild were eager to learn and work with the highly visual materials based on the errorless learning strategies shared. Our graduates exhibited greater desire to read and work with their books as the program progressed. DSG is grateful to DSF for creating stimulating and highly engaging materials to help learners with Down syndrome increase their literacy and numeracy skills."

-- Amy Allison
Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City 

 

"Teaching TLP has been an amazing experience! As a teacher, when you present a session, you learn not only from the topic introduced, but the research behind that topic and TLP's history with that topic session. That knowledge explains and informs each topic, and gives teachers the expertise and understanding to work through that topic with parents and teachers."

-- Teresa Kibelstis
Montgomery County Down Syndrome Interest Group

 

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Contact us today to see how we can help you better serve your families by expanding your direct educational programming.

Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County
18023 Sky Park Circle, Suite F
Irvine, CA 92614

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