Our Parent Support Program provides trained volunteers to
assist and guide parents of newly diagnosed infants with Down
Our volunteers are all parents of children with Down syndrome.
They provide new parents with:
- Emotional support and understanding
- Up-to-date information on Down syndrome
- Information on local services such as Early Intervention Programs
- Hope for what the future can hold...meeting parents who have faced similar circumstances and have come to share their positive family experiences
- Introduction to community
support groups which offer an opportunity to share experiences and information
In addition to assisting parents after the birth of their baby with Down syndrome, we also provide support and information to parents who learn of their child's Down syndrome diagnosis through pre-natal testing.
NADS is very helpful to physicians in guiding parents through the first several months when they first become aware that their child has Down syndrome. Parents who have experienced the same problems can help new parents deal with them from a real position of knowledge, having been there themselves, which physicians can't do.
Educational In-service programs are available to healthcare professionals. For more information or to schedule a presentation, please contact NADS at 630-325-9112.