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MDSC Teen and Adult Newsletter
April 3, 2020

Hello MDSC teens and adults (and families and friends)!

Can you believe it's Friday again?! That seemed like a quick week!

We are back with some of our favorite ideas and resources from the past week. And, we are excited to highlight some of your photos and videos below.

If you would like to be included in an upcoming newsletter, please write us back and share videos, photos and notes of how you are staying in touch with friends, staying active, and more!

Family members - at the bottom of the newsletter are some resources and an upcoming webinar that might be of interest to you and your family.

Sending a socially distanced high five to you all! :)
Colleen, Kristen and Laura
Weekly Motivation!
Check out Kunal's martial arts moves by clicking on the image below!
Great moves and breathing control! :)
Send us your videos and photos , and we'll share them in an upcoming newsletter! It is a great way to stay connected and motivated!
Upcoming MDSC Events
AIM

Our AIM Program is excited to hold our first-ever virtual event this Sunday, April 5! Parents and teens/young adults will be talking to Collette, of Collettey's Cookies, and her mom Rosemary to learn all about their journey from transition to a meaningful adult life.
SAAC
We are excited to bring our next SAAC quarterly social to you virtually!
Saturday, April 18
3-4pm
Adults, ages 20 and up

Get dressed up in a fun, spring outfit and join us for a Zoom dance party with music by DJ Dan!
To learn more about getting involved in AIM, our program for teens & young adults ages 13-22 and parents, contact Colleen .
To learn more about SAAC and receive invitations to our quarterly socials, for adults ages 20 and up, contact Kristen .
Staying Active & Well at Home
Here's a couple of our favorite ways to stay active this week:
DIY Bingo
Max B. got BINGO on a custom card sent home by his teacher!

You can create your own BINGO card and share for free with friends at https://myfreebingocards.com .
Decorate your kitchen table!
The MGH Down Syndrome Program team shared some great ideas to work on healthy eating habits in their Wellness Wednesday newsletter.

One tip is to decorate your table so you have a special spot just for eating. We love this idea for a couple of other reasons, too.
  • Setting the table is a great way to help out around the house.
  • Use your creativity- find items around the house to create different themes for your dinner time table!
What ways are YOU staying active and healthy?
Share your ideas, and we will include them in our next newsletter!

Jillian and her mom
Thanks for the great idea! :)
Entertainment
for the whole family

John Krasinski (aka Jim from The Office) has started a YouTube channel dedicated to good news! Check out the trailer by clicking on the image above.
Listen to stories for free!
Audible has made their stories FREE while schools are closed! All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.  Click here to find stories and start listening !
Do you have good news to share?
We'd also love recommendations from you-
  • favorite podcast
  • favorite movie
  • favorite book
  • favorite hobby
  • favorite song
  • favorite game
Learn something new - Refresh your skills
Keeping up with transition skills while at home
No matter what age you are, having some structure and ideas for each day can be helpful! Check out ' Tips for Structuring Schedules with Transition Activities ' from Becky Lauzon, Transition Specialist at NESCA.
Youth Leadership Forum accepting applications through April 15
The Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) is an overnight conference for youth and young adults with disabilities held annually in Massachusetts and other states across the country. YLF participants build leadership skills and leave better prepared for future employment, higher education, and independent living.

To learn more about participating as a Peer Leader or Delegate, visit https://www.pyd.org/programs/youth-leadership-forum/ .
Parent Corner
The MDSC team is continually updating resources for families during the coronavirus pandemic and a document of educational tools and resources that we hope might help as your family navigates these uncertain times. If you've come across something that has helped you or your daughter/son with Down syndrome, please send it our way so we can share with our MDSC community.
The MDSC, in collaboration with The 3-21 Foundation, is pleased to offer this timely educational webinar on Saturday, April 18 from 10-11:30-

During this unprecedented global health crisis, we ALL find ourselves wading through unknown waters across all aspects of our lives. The abrupt closing of schools has caused both parents and educators scrambling to meet the diverse and complex needs of students. Many families are finding themselves overwhelmed with suggestions and resources, but are still finding themselves at a loss when it comes to meeting their child’s needs during the long days at home. Join us online to address some of the common questions raised by families during this time. 
  • My child’s teacher keeps sending work and resources! My child can’t do it all - how do I figure out what’s most important?
  • Resources being sent home are not “just right” for my child. Am I supposed to be modifying? What support should I be asking for?
  • This is all so incredibly overwhelming - I don’t even KNOW where to begin…

Join us as we explore strategies while reminding each other that it’s going to be ok! Remember - we are ALL in this together!
Presented by Maureen Blazejewski, M.Ed., Parent Educator/Educational Consultant, 3-21 Foundation 

General registration: $20 MDSC Members: FREE
*Email Kristen Tenglin at ktenglin@mdsc.org for the member discount code.