Therapy

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DSAT has partnered with Progressive Pediatric Therapy Services (PPTS) to assist families with the cost of therapy. As part of this partnership, PPTS has agreed to reduce their therapy rates to $100 per hour or $50 per half hour for private-pay members participating in this program. DSAT will reimburse PPTS up to ½ of the patient responsibility with a reimbursement cap at $50.00/week. Because co-pays and insurance policies differ, individual arrangements will be made for children with insurance coverage.  This program applies to all types of therapy, including speech, physical, occupational and music therapy offered at PPTS.

In 2015 DSAT and PPTS extended this program to include Music Therapy.  DSAT has negotiated a reduced rate of $55/ hour session or $30/half- hour session. For example, if a member signs up for one hour of music therapy per week, PPTS will bill DSAT $50 and the member would pay $5 at the time of service.

Reimbursement is capped at a total $50.00 every 7 days per individual with Down syndrome for both private-pay and insured participants.

To apply please complete and submit the Therapy Stipend Application.  Once you have completed the application, DSAT will contact you and PPTS to notify you of approval.  You will then coordinate with PPTS to schedule therapy.

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Talk Tools

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DSAT sponsors a renowned, out-of-state speech therapist to come to Tallahassee to perform specialized oral motor evaluations for members.  Scholarships to offset the cost of evaluations are available.

DSAT will not be able to sponsor Talk Tools evaluations in 2017.  If you wish to travel to Orlando for an eval, please check with the Down Syndrome Foundation of Florida.

Check back for 2018 dates.

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Renee Roy Hill, MS, CCC-SLP - Instructor Level 5

Renee Roy Hill is a speech and language pathologist with more than 15 years of professional experience. Renee is a national and international lecturer and speaker for TalkTools Therapy where she presents one and two day courses on Oral Placement Therapy Techniques, Assessments, Program Plan Development  and Apraxia. She is the author of the TalkTools Therapy “Apraxia Kit” and the co-author of “Ice Sticks” and numerous other TalkToolsTherapy Programs.  Renee specializes in oral motor, feeding and motor speech disorders of clients to include but not limited to Down Syndrome.

Hope Haven

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DSAT provides funding for members to participate in individual, comprehensive evaluations specific to individuals with Down syndrome at the Hope Haven Down Syndrome Center in Jacksonville, Florida once per calendar year.

The Down syndrome Center’s evaluation assesses the following:

  • Educational Progress
  • Speech and Language Skills
  • Behavioral/Social Skills
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Sensory Integration Issues

Recommended services provided for children with Down syndrome include:

  • Educational Advocacy Services/ IEP Assistance
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychological Testing
  • School Observations
  • Speech – Language Therapy
  • Tutoring

After evaluation(s), your family will receive a comprehensive report on your child’s strengths with recommendations for maximizing their potential. This report will serve as a tool to help your child succeed in the school setting, Individualized Education Plan (IEP) preparation and in the at-home involvement. Hope Haven will also regularly provide you with notices of recommended follow-up to continue your child’s progress and success.

Please contact DSAT for more information.

Tutoring Scholarships

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Tutoring Scholarships

DSAT reimburses families for up to $500 per semester for tutoring services (arranged by the family) for school-aged and preschool-aged children.

Scholarships are awarded three times per year for the Fall, Summer and Spring semesters.  Applicants may request up to $500 per semester.

Spring Scholarship Applications are due by January 15th and awards will be announced by January 25th.

Summer Scholarships Applications are due by May 20th and awards will be announced by May 25th.

Fall Scholarship Applications are due by August 25th and awards will be announced by August 30th.  

To apply complete the Scholarship Application.  Scholarship applicants will be asked to complete an end of semester report and survey to be eligible to future funding.  With your award notification you will receive a reimbursement request form.  DSAT will issue reimbursement checks once per month unless other arrangements have been made.

If you have been awarded a scholarship and wish to request monthly reimbursement, please complete the reimbursement request form by the 3rd Saturday of each month.  Checks will be issued the 3rd Sunday of each month.  Please allow for 5-7 business days for checks to arrive.

Peer Mentoring Scholarships

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Peer Mentoring Scholarships

DSAT launched a Peer Mentoring Scholarship Program for teenagers and young adults with Down syndrome in 2016.  The purpose of a Peer Mentor is to provide age-appropriate interactions and experiences for individuals with Down syndrome while working towards an identified academic or fitness goal.

  • Academic Supports – support with developing and enhancing academic skills and providing tutoring support as needed.
    • Example :  A fellow high school student or college student is hired by the family to act in a mentoring capacity for an individual with Down syndrome and provide math tutoring or homework assistance 2 days a week.  While the primary goal is to support the individual with Down syndrome with achieving the stated academic goal, the mentor also provides for age appropriate social interactions and hopefully, a true friendship.  Tutoring may take place in a coffee shop or other age appropriate settings with peers.
  • Fitness Supports – support with accessing fitness and recreational activities in the community.
    • Example :  A fellow high school student or college student is hired by the family to act in a mentoring capacity for an individual with Down syndrome to attend a fitness class 3 days a week.  While the primary goal is to support the individual with Down syndrome in getting to the class and fully participating, the mentor also provides for age appropriate social interactions and hopefully, a true friendship.

DSAT reimburses families for up to $500 per semester for Peer Mentoring services.  At this time families are responsible for finding and hiring the Peer Mentor.  If you would like to explore this opportunity but need further assistance in finding a Peer Mentor, please contact us.

Scholarships are awarded three times per year for the Fall, Summer and Spring semesters.  Applicants may request up to $500 per semester.

DSAT members may apply for either the Tutoring Scholarship or the Peer Mentoring Scholarship. 

Spring Scholarship Applications are due by January 15th and awards will be announced by January 25th.  

Summer Scholarship Applications are due by May 20th and awards will be announced by May 25th.  

Fall Scholarship Applications are due by August 25th and awards will be announced by August 30th.  

To apply complete the Scholarship Application.  Scholarship applicants will be asked to complete an end of semester report and survey to be eligible to future funding.  With your award notification you will receive a reimbursement request form.  DSAT will issue reimbursement checks once per month unless other arrangements have been made.

If you have been awarded a scholarship and wish to request monthly reimbursement, please complete the reimbursement request form by the 3rd Saturday of each month.  Checks will be issued the 3rd Sunday of each month.  Please allow for 5-7 business days for checks to arrive.

Social Gatherings

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DSAT is committed to bringing our members and families together throughout the year to make new friends and visit with old ones!  It is a great opportunity for everyone to come together and have fun.  We strive to create a welcoming environment for all individuals with Down syndrome and for parents and siblings to have the opportunity to talk with others who also have a loved one with a lil’ something extra.

2017 Social Gatherings

April 9th
Easter Egg Hunt and Social, 2-4pm

October 28th
12th Annual Buddy Walk
Southwood’s Town Center, 9-12pm

December TBA
Holiday Gathering

Families In Need

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DSAT recognizes that in emergency situations our families may need additional support.  Please contact the DSAT Executive Director at executivedirector@dsatallahassee.com for more information.

Swim Scholarships

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DSAT offers yearly Swim Scholarships to members.

DSAT reimburses families for up to $100 per year for swimming lessons (arranged by the family) for DSAT members.

There is no deadline to apply but scholarships are awarded on a first come first serve basis.

To apply complete the Scholarship Application.  Scholarship applicants will be asked to complete an end of semester report and survey to be eligible to future funding.  With your award notification you will receive a reimbursement request form.  DSAT will issue reimbursement checks once per month unless other arrangements have been made.

If you have been awarded a scholarship and wish to request monthly reimbursement, please complete the reimbursement request form by the 3rd Saturday of each month.  Checks will be issued the 3rd Sunday of each month.  Please allow for 5-7 business days for checks to arrive.

Workshops

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DSAT offers multiple workshops throughout the year for members and the community at large on a wide-range of topics.  It is our goal to bring the most current and up-to-date information and resources to our members.   If you have a topic you’d like to suggest, please let us know!

 

2016 Workshop Series: “The ABCs of IEPs”

On Sunday, February 28th, 2016, DSAT will kick off its 2016 Workshop Series with a workshop addressing the in’s and out’s of IEPs.  The workshop will be facilitated by Terri George, Director of the Down Syndrome Center and Educational Services at Hope Haven Children’s Clinic and Family Center.

“The ABCs of IEPs”

Facilitated by Hope Haven

Sunday, February 28th from 2-4 pm

Capital Regional Medical Center: 1st Floor Classroom

For more information, please contact:
DSAT (The Down Syndrome Association of Tallahassee)
Main Office: 850.298.8187 Toll-Free: 800-444-0613
E-Mail: executivedirector@dsatallahassee.com

Member Outreach

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Member Outreach

In addition to creating and funding the programs described above, DSAT continually strives to meet the needs of our members by:

  •        Supporting new parents with an informational welcome package and personal contact;
  •        Hosting social gatherings throughout the year;
  •        Providing subsidies for families to attend conferences and workshops;
  •        Maintaining a lending library for member use;
  •        Distributing a newsletter
  •        Publishing an annual calendar featuring professional photographs of our members;
  •        Providing emergency assistance to families in need.

Annual Calendar

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To promote awareness and acceptance, DSAT publishes a professionally photographed and designed yearly calendar celebrating our members with Down syndrome.