522 State Street, Bowling Green,  KY

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NEWS FROM THE BUDDY HOUSE: THE 1st YEAR

On March 21, we will not only celebrate World Down Syndrome Day, we will celebrate the first year of Down Syndrome of South Central Kentucky’s Regional Education & Activity Center and Headquarters for Down syndrome – The Buddy House. We have certainly come a long way since the dream began almost eight years ago. At that time many of you who now bring your children to the Buddy House, hadn’t a clue that one day an extra chromosome would send you on this amazing journey. Because you embraced it and jumped in, we are now one of a few facilities in the US dedicated to Down syndrome. The Buddy House exists to carry out the mission of Down Syndrome of South Central Kentucky to enhance the quality of life for individuals with Down syndrome and their families by providing support, information, education, resources, networking, and activities, while advocating in the community and state. We started off our first year with an Easter Egg Hunt for children 10 years old and younger. Western’s chapter of Best Buddies International began holding their activities at the Buddy House. In the summer we had “The Promise in Me”, a 6-week school readiness mini-camp for 3 -7 year olds and WKU sponsored a children’s and an adult’s speech clinic. In the fall we started adding more programming. WKU Communication Disorders has four hours of speech class for nine of our adults. We also offer an adult functional skills class, Zumba, Club 21 teen and adult social activity, and we host WKU’s Best Buddies activities. On Saturdays we have ADAM 3:21 class for 2-6 year olds and Jammerz Junior Dancers for 7-13 year olds. Two parent meetings were sponsored by DSSKY at the Buddy House: Estate Planning and an IEP workshop. There are also age related support groups that meet at the Buddy House. Last summer parents of adults met and parents of babies meet once a month. We have a wonderful pool of highly qualified volunteers (retired and current teachers, WKU speech and special-ed majors) and a team of education consultants from WKU, city and county schools. Along with all this, we have a very supportive community and have been forming partnerships with various businesses and groups. Parents, families, friends, and businesses, we have accomplished so much, but this is only the beginning. We want to expand our programming and provide as much support and programs to equip our children and adults with the tools to help them succeed in life. However, programs will depend on interest and attendance. Please contact the Buddy House and let us know the age of your child or adult with Down syndrome and what type of programs you would like to see. The Buddy House is unique and one of a kind. It is a place that welcomes all families and their loved ones with Down syndrome. This is an invitation for anyone who has not been by to please come and see your Buddy House. Looking forward to seeing you at the Buddy House!

-Jane Tichenor

Down Syndrome of South Central Kentucky’s

R . E . A . C . H .

Regional Education & Activities Center and Headquarters for Down syndrome from pre-natal diagnosis thru adulthood. A place to support families, inform communities, and help all individuals with Down syndrome REACH their maximum potential.

 

The Buddy House Vision

For the officers and parent/guardian members

I. Central Location for:

A. Welcome Center for Families

B. All meetings

C. Library

D. Storage

E. Meeting and Location for WKU Best Buddies

 

II. Phone and Message Center

A. Phone to take local calls and messages

B. Computer with internet and printer

 

III. A place for Resources, Mentoring, & Networking

 

For infants, children, adults with Down syndrome and their families and caregivers

 

I. Pre-Natal Diagnosis

A. A visual place in the community and hopefully doctors will refer those who have been given the diagnosis

B. Supply the most current information for the expectant parents

C. Support and encouragement

 

II. Newborns

A. Hospital visits or phone calls if requested

B. A gift basket upon arrival

C. Information, Support, Resources, and Networking

D. Parent group meetings

 

III. Infant and Toddler Programs

A. Age-Related Informational Meetings with Guest Speakers addressing areas of concern

B. Play dates and movement classes (specifically designed sensory room)

C. Parent connections and mentoring with parents of older children

D. Mother’s Day Out Program

E. Information for community services and programs

 

IV. School Age Programs

A. Resource for IEP’s and Related Services in the Public Schools

B. Help with transitioning and socializing

C. Parent connections

D. Summer Day Camp

E. Mentoring

F. Involvement in extra-curricular activities

G. Activities with “typical” peers

H. A place for birthday parties

I. Reinforcement of special and related services ( IEP goals, speech, behavior)

J. J. Siblings Workshops

 

V. Continuing Education and Learning

A. Adult Literacy Program – ages 18+

B. Functional Math Skills – Money and Time

C. Programs for Independent Living

1. Cooking

2. Laundry

3. Shopping

4. Housekeeping

5. Yard work

6. Personal hygiene

7. Personal advocacy

8. Developing a responsible and healthy lifestyle

9. Maintaining socially appropriate behavior

D. Vocational Training

1. Work on communication skills – speech and writing

2. Job training as related to potential community job

3. Maintaining job skills

4. Classes on personal safety

5. Provide transportation in the community

6. Possibly have our own business

E. Provide 1-2 computers with software programs at various levels of learning in academic, vocational, and social skills

 

VI. A Place Where We Can Invite Members of the Community to Teach and Do Projects with Our Down Syndrome Population

A. Art

B. Crafts

C. Cooking

D. Music & Movement

E. Yoga

F. Etiquette

G. News & Weather

H. Hygiene & Health

I. Nutrition & Exercise

J. Safety

K. Self Advocacy