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Family Behavior Retreat

Since 1998, NADS has provided a special service for families whose child with Down syndrome has an additional diagnosis, such as Autism or ADHD: the Family Behavior Retreat. During the Retreat, children are cared for by experienced respite workers and spend the weekend engaged in fun activities, such as swimming and music therapy, while parents focus on learning new ways to help their child. We keep the numbers small so that we can provide a nurturing environment for families. 

We offer the Retreat as a way for families who are under a great deal of stress to have a respite from the demands of their daily lives. For parents, we provide a variety of experienced professionals who can address issues of concern to them and give them practical strategies for coping with the communication and behavioral challenges of their child. We also bring families together who might not otherwise have a chance to meet and make it possible for them to share their stories and find support and encouragement from each other. 

The Retreat serves the needs of the children, as well as their parents. We ensure a one-to-one ratio of respite workers to children, at minimum, in order to ensure that the children can safely enjoy the activities we plan for them and that parents can participate in the Retreat knowing that their children are being well-cared for during the weekend. 

Our Retreat is usually held in the spring each year, but because of the nature of the weekend we can only accommodate a small number of families. If you are a NADS member and your child with Down syndrome has also been diagnosed with Autism or ADHD and you would like to learn more about the Retreat, please contact NADS.