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GHFEDS would like to invite the parents for a night of bowling so get a babysitter and enjoy bowling, appetizers and adult time!
GHFEDS Parent Social
Saturday February 17th
Main Event in Webster
The Tex Mex Trio will be served at 7pm which includes chips, salsa, queso, and
guacamole. Drinks & extras are up to guests to purchase on their own.
GHFEDS would like to invite the siblings ages 8 and up for a Sib Social to watch the documentary "My Hero Brother" at the Reel Abilities Film Festival in Houston on Wednesday February 21st from 7-830pm.
This Sib Social is for siblings and parents only.
Please register for tickets with Reel Abilities, click HERE to register.
Also register with GHFEDS so we know who will be attending, all siblings will be provided a goody bag with a journal to write down their thoughts about the documentary and will be discussed at the next Sib Social.
My Hero Brother
A group of young people with Down syndrome embark on a demanding trip through the Indian Himalayas accompanied by their typically abled brothers and sisters. Unresolved conflicts and the complexities of growing up with a child who has Down syndrome in the family come to the surface, while a heartwarming and special closeness develops among the siblings as they deal with formidable physical and emotional challenges. The difficult trials and poignant relationships set against the richly colorful backdrop of India open new horizons and deepen our understanding of the challenges young adults with disabilities and their families face.
Director: Yonatan Nir, Documentary, 78 min, Israel, Hebrew
Doors Open: 6:30 pm
Film Begins: 7:00 pm
Program Ends: 8:30 PM
Bingo and Dancing
Friday February 23rd from 6-830pm
Hosted at the Kawas Home
This social is for adults with Down syndrome ages 18 and up, parents may drop off or stay. We will be serving sandwiches, chips and drinks. They will enjoy playing Bingo, dancing, and winning prizes.
GHFEDS would like to invite your family for our Exercise Classes at Verne Cox Multipurpose Recreation Center in Pasadena.
DATES & TIMES
March 10 & 24
9-10am - Ages 14 and below
10-11am - Ages 15 and up
Verne Cox Multipurpose Recreation Center
5200 Burke Rd
Lets get moving!
Come join UTMB Physical Therapist Students and PT Faculty for an hour of games, dancing, and much more aimed at getting your child to have fun with exercise. We plan to show participants exciting and easy ways to get active. Equipment and water will be provided so all we need is your child ready to have fun! Please consult with your physician to make sure your child is healthy enough for physical activity. Hope to see y'all there for a great time of activity and socializing!
Registration is for all dates and free for all family members.
**Registration limit has been reached and is now closed.
GHFEDS has received 5 HLSR Lil Rustlers Rodeo tickets to give away to our members. You must have a current membership with GHFEDS to register for tickets. Lil Rustlers will be held on Tuesday March 6th starting promptly at 430pm. Each family will receive 4 tickets which includes child with Down syndrome and 3 family members only. In some cases there will be family's that do not need all 4 tickets and extra tickets will be given to family's that request extra tickets, but extra tickets are not guaranteed. If you have more than one child with Down syndrome you must register each child separately.
You MUST participate in the Lil Rustlers Rodeo, the committee counts all tickets given out, if you are unable to attend the event you must notify GHFEDS immediately so we can find a family to take the tickets. Once you register you will receive participation and indemnity forms to fill out and return no later than February 7th. You will receive tickets and parking passes in the mail before the event.
Please make sure the participants meet the following criteria:
1. Age: between 4 and 10 years of age.
2. Weight under 65 lbs.
3. Arrive at south end of the Main Arena in NRG Center no later than 4:30 p.m.
4. Participant should be able to handle the stimulation of being on the NRG Center Main Arena floor, with cedar chips, lights, cameras, clowns and announcers.
Registration will close February 7th!
Tuesday March 6th from 6-8pm
The Kawas Home in Friendswood
Rotisserie chicken, veggies, fruit and drinks will be served.
The Adult Social is for adults with Down syndrome ages 18 and up, parents may drop off or stay, no siblings please.
GHFEDS would like to invite your family in celebrating World Down Syndrome Day!
We will be celebrating with a Silly Sock Dance on Saturday March 24th from 6-8pm at Verne Cox Multipurpose Recreation Center in Pasadena.
Wear your silly socks and dance the night away, we will be crowning a WDSD King and Queen who has the silliest socks so be creative! Entertainment includes DJ, dancing, basketball, games, clown, balloon art and face painting.
We will be serving dinner (TBA), snacks and drinks.
In honor of WDSD GHFEDS donates $5000 annually for Down syndrome research to LuMind Foundation. The mission of LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation is to stimulate biomedical research that will accelerate the development of treatments to significantly improve cognition, including memory, learning and speech, for individuals with Down syndrome so they:
• participate more successfully in school
• lead more active and independent lives, and
• avoid the early onset of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Thank you for celebrating WDSD with GHFEDS!
GHFEDS would like to invite you to our Parent Educational Meeting about Behavior Therapy for Children with Down syndrome presented by Kari Rote of New Heights Pediatric Therapies.
Date: Tuesday March 27th
Time: Dinner 6-630pm
Location: United Way
1300 Bay Area Blvd Bldg A
Presentation Room 230
Childcare Room 233
Childcare will be provided, we will be serving sandwiches, chips, veggies and fruit for parents and chicken nuggets, chips, veggies and fruit for kids.
Attendees will understand causes of challenging behavior, assessment, and basic interventions utilized to intervene with behavior. We will also discuss motivational issues vs. skill deficits and how applied behavior analysis can be utilized to break down complex skills for teaching to mastery. A question and answer session will follow in regards to family behavioral challenges, teaching difficulties, or general ABA questions.
Kari Rote is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst or BCBA with 10 years of experience working with adults, adolescents, and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and Autism. She graduated from the University of Houston- Clear Lake in May of 2012 with a Master of Arts degree in Behavior Analysis and was certified as a BCBA in the Fall of 2012.She has provided consumer focused services in a local school district, in state facilities, in private homes, and in privately owned Home and Community-based Services or HCS group homes and day habs, and at larger residential facilities.
Kari sees in-clinic ABA clients at New Heights Pediatric Therapies as well as maintains her own caseload of in-home clients and contracts with school districts for Independent Educational Evaluations.
GHFEDS would like to invite your family for our Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday April 7th from 2-4pm at Frankie Carter Randolph Park Pavilion #2 in Friendswood.
The kids will enjoy hunting for eggs and taking pictures with the Easter Bunny. Snacks and drinks will be provided. All kids will be provided a Easter egg basket for hunting eggs or you can bring your own, and kids with Down syndrome will be receiving a Special Egg.
Registration will close April 2nd to prepare for the event!
GHFEDS would like to invite your family for a GHFEDS Family Retreat at Camp Blessing!
Date: April 27th - 29th
Time: Arrival and departure time is 2pm
Location: Camp Blessing
9402 Palestine Rd
Brenham, Tx 77833
Your family will enjoy a weekend filled with swimming, outdoor and indoor games, sports activities, rock wall, zip line, giant swing, canoeing, catch and release fishing.
Camp Blessing has private cabin rooms (sleeps 2-6 people, twin/double/queen, if you're a family of 7 or more you will have 2 cabin rooms), bunk beds will only be used if we have over 90 people attending, private and shared bathrooms, wheel chair friendly facility with roll in showers, meals will be provided, buddies will be onsite for the children with Down syndrome but it will not be 1:1 like what is offered during summer camps. All activities are family oriented but there will be a presentation by Camp Blessing staff for parents only, camp buddies will be entertaining the siblings and kids with Down syndrome during the presentation.
Schedule of events will be posted soon.
Cost for family retreat is $160 per person.
GHFEDS will be paying in full for the children with Down syndrome and half ($80) for one parent only, this offer is for 35 GHFEDS families.
Payments for the rest of family members are as follows (does not include child with Down syndrome) :
1 Parent - $80
Family of 2 - $240
Family of 3 - $400
Family of 4 - $560
Family of 5 - $720
Family of 6 - $880
Family of 7 - $1040
Deadline to register and pay in full is April 2nd.
Camp Blessing registration forms will be sent out soon to families who registered.
You must have a current GHFEDS Annual Membership to register, if you need to renew membership or join membership click here.
For more information about Camp Blessing and their summer camps for individuals with special needs visit their website at Camp Blessing.