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For Parents of School-aged Children

The UDSF understands the IEP process can be overwhelming and frustrating.  You may also want to become familiar with the law governing special education.  The Utah Parent Center is also a good resource for creating a positive IEP meeting.

A parent is a child’s best advocate for classroom inclusion and lasting friendships.  Order a free UDSF Peer Presentation Kit and schedule a classroom presentation about Down syndrome with your child’s school teacher, Church group, place of employment or even with your extended family.. This presentation is specifically designed to educate classroom peers about Down syndrome, encourage them to become familiar and comfortable with your child, and promote tolerance for children with learning disabilities.  You may also ask your child's school teacher to give the presentation.

PBS.org has published some great tips and tricks for creating a positive learning and social environment for your child at school.  We encourage parents to learn more about these tips for Making Inclusion a Reality, Supporting Your Child in home and in the classroom, and Fostering Friendships