Babies and Toddler Drop-in

Ages: 0-5 Years
Duration: 0ngoing
Dates: Mondays, with the exception of stat holidays
Times: 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Maximum Participants: unlimited
Cost: Free to attend

Start the week out on a high note!

Siblings welcome in this open session in our Centre. Have some fun in a warm, dry playroom; meet other moms, grandma’s, aunties and caregivers; and feel free to bring your bag lunch to enjoy afterwards.

Our resource library is also open to visit and withdraw books, audio and visual materials, and play tools.


Youth Social Club

YSC 3The EDSS Youth Social Club is open!

This drop-in program runs Fridays, from 6 – 9 p.m

Scheduled and spontaneous activities for ages 11 – 20


Youth Social Club Participation Survey – tell us what you think!

Upcoming Dates and planned activities:
Feb 7 – Movie Night with Pizza!**
Feb 21 – Karaoke with Kevin Mason
Mar 7
Mar 21
Apr 3 (Good Friday – no class)
Apr 24
May 8
May 22
June 5
June 19

Pizza nights require RSVP with Pizza order by 4 p.m. Wednesday.  Pizza costs average $5 – 7, which we ask parents to cover. (includes drink and veggies).

If you require a gluten-free option, you are welcome to bring your own favourite frozen brand, and use our oven. (Gluten-free options through restaurants carry a caution note, that they are made in a gluten environment and may not be truly gluten-free).

Bring a sibling or friend (must be between 11 – 20 years old)

All youth must be accompanied by an adult (parent, aide, guardian)

Kevin Mason – You all know him from Centre Stage Musical Theatre, and if you haven’t met him yet, you’re really going to love him!  He’s our resident tech and music expert, with an excellent rapport with our Musical Theatre students.

Learning Through Play and Song – Toddler Playgroup

Ages: 18 months – 5 years
Duration: 4 Weeks, every second Monday

Dates: Mondays, Jan 26, Feb 9, Feb 23 and March 9** Dates corrected
Times: 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Maximum Participants: 8
Cost: Free, Drop-in
A small toolkit can be purchased through EDSS for approx $10.00
Additional materials will be items that are generally found around the house.

Description: The playgroup will loosely follow a basic schedule that includes learning through play, singing time, snack and free play.


  1. To increase parental confidence in their ability to effectively teach their child.
  2. To engage children in learning the preschool concepts of colors, shapes and ABC’s.
  3. To encourage movement through song and dance.
  4. To encourage socialization with other children.

About the instructor:

Danielle Barnes is an elementary school teacher with over 10 years of teaching experience. She is also the mother of two children with Down syndrome. She has seen the joy her children have in learning through play and she wants to share her strategies with other parents.

Public Speaking for Adults

Are you interested in public speaking, and improving presentation skills?

Ages: 18+
Sundays, 1 – 2:30p.m.
March 01 – 29, 2015 (5 weeks)
Cost: $150 per person
Facilitator: Alison Foxford, SLP

Please bring: a drink, paper and pencils

Goal: To provide opportunities for public speaking practice and to encourage giving and receiving constructive feedback about speaking and presenting skills.

The group will learn some basic public speaking skills and will select several topics they each wish to present on to the group. Each week presentations will be done and time will be given to receive feedback from the group. This is an opportunity for structured practice and participants will be expected to complete homework weekly independently in preparation for the next week.

Childcare for children with Down syndrome

There comes a time in every parents life, when you hand over your child, your precious bundle of joy, to someone else to care for. Be it for an hour or a day, it can be nerve-wracking that very first time. It can continue to be nerve-wracking if you haven’t developed the trust in your childcare provider.

When your child has Down syndrome, and its compounded by other medical diagnosis, finding a reliable and trustworthy childcare program can seem daunting.

The Alberta Government provides us with several types of programs for childcare. Below are the two most relevant to the needs of the Down syndrome community.

The Supported Child Care Program provides supports for children with disabilities to attend and participate in the regular activities of a day care program, out of school care program or an approved family day home when parents require childcare to attend work or training. Supported child care may include providing funding for additional child care staff and program consultation.
The Child Care Respite Program is intended to provide temporary child care to help families who are in the midst of addressing significant challenges. Parents and guardians receive child care support when they really need help and have the opportunity to become more aware of child care options and connect with other
community resources. Quality child care can give children positive opportunities to develop new relationships and participate in new activities.
For more information about how Child Care Services can assist your family, call 780-427-0444.
For more information on Edmonton Region Child and Family Services, call 780-427-2250 or visit our website at

Edmonton Region Child & Family Services
6th Floor Oxbridge Place
9820-106 Street
Edmonton AB T5K 2J6
Phone: 780-427-2250 or 780-422-3355

“Uniquely Me” video

At Uniquely Me 2014 Fashion Show and Fundraiser, we had the world premiere of “Uniquely Me” the song and video.  This piece was the brainchild of RJ and Rowena Cui of Planit Sound, who also produced the fundraising event.

This song reminds us all that being unique is a GOOD thing, and we need to celebrate that every single day.  So, come now, sing along with us and listen again!

PLAN Edmonton

Meloney Patterson of PLAN Edmonton.

She will be sharing more about RDSP and how PLAN Edmonton can help individual and families.

The Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) Edmonton is a non-profit charitable organization that supports individuals living with physical, mental and intellectual challenges and their families by facilitating social connections and intentionally building authentic relationships. We are a family directed organization that supports families through the development of a social and supportive network for their family member.

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Spencer West to speak at the Canadian Down Syndrome Conference

The Canadian Down Syndrome Society is proud to announce Spencer West, activist, author, and renowned inspirational speaker will be joining us as Keynote speaker at the 2015 Canadian Down Syndrome Conference in Edmonton. The Canadian Down Syndrome Conference celebrates people with Down syndrome, their families, and professionals in the Down syndrome community.

Inspirational and charismatic, Spencer West is candid about the struggles he overcame after losing his legs at the age of five. Whether headlining corporate conferences, filling stadiums, or leading volunteer excursions for youth and adults in Kenya, Ghana and India, Spencer’s words have encouraged millions to stand up to difficult times, face challenges, embrace change, and learn the tangible skills each one of us can use to redefine what is possible both for organizations and individuals.

His many accomplishments, played out on the global stage, led him to teach others to redefine what is possible in their own lives.

Spencer’s inspirational life story will help us kick off our great conference weekend. More exciting announcements regarding speakers, registration, and panels will be made at soon!

We look forwarding to welcoming all of you to the Canadian Down Syndrome Conference, May 15 to 17, 2015 in Edmonton!

Tanya Ponich – Life Rewards Action

Tanya - Website LaunchLast week, self-advocate and EDSS member Tanya Ponich spoke to a room full of people at the launch of her website “Life Rewards Action”. Through this website and her public speaking Tanya greatest desire is to inspire people from all walks of life that if they stop and really listen, we all have so much to learn from people born with developmental disabilities.

When asked about her launch, taking it all in stride, Tanya said “I am blessed to have people so many support me in my dreams and because I have support I can continue to on my life path of giving people hope”.

You can check out her website at

Dedicated to improving the lives of individuals born with Down syndrome