We are fully subscribed for our 2016-2017 programs and registration for all sessions is now closed, however registration is open for LP Online™, hosted by our affiliate-partner, Down Syndrome Foundation, (Orange County, CA). LP Online™ is an online learning community, based on our onsite Learning Program™ sessions. If you’d like to be put on our waitlist for 2017-2018 or would like to learn more about other ways to connect with our community please contact us.
We are looking for student teacher volunteers in our Core Program on Saturdays for 2016-2017. If you’re interested in volunteering, please click here to learn more.
The Learning Program Boston (LPB) is an educational program committed to helping students with Down syndrome succeed. An affiliate-partner of the Learning Program™, a nationally-recognized model for parent-focused intervention developed by the Down Syndrome Foundation (Orange County, CA) this program is grounded on evidence-based approaches to teaching students with Down syndrome established by world-recognized leaders in cognitive research. Our program serves as a platform for sharing strategies, resources and activities to improve academic outcomes for students with Down syndrome, equipping families with the knowledge and tools to work effectively in both home and school settings.
Overview of the Learning Program
Parents and children attend concurrent monthly classes on a Saturday morning. We meet for 10 sessions throughout the academic year from September to June. We offer six different levels of classes for students between the ages of 3-14. Our Core Program is comprised of Levels 1 to 4 and is focused on developing foundational learning skills through the elementary school years. We also offer opportunities to connect in the pre-school and middle-school years.
Our Core Program is comprised of Levels 1-4.
Level 1 is for families new to the program with a child approximately between the ages of 5-7, or K to 1st grade beginning to show an interest in letters and numbers and able to attend to an activity for 5-10 minutes.
Level 2 is for returning Level 1 families or families new to the program with a child approximately between the ages of 6-9, or 1st to 3rd grade. This class targets the development of beginning literacy and numeracy skills.
Level 3 is for returning Level 2 families or families new to the program with a child approximately between the ages of 7-10, or 2nd to 4th grade. This class focuses on the development of more advanced literacy and numeracy skills.
Level 4 is for returning Level 3 families or families new to the program with a child approximately between the ages of 8-11, or 3rd to 5th grade. This class works on literacy and numeracy skills in the context of character development to help our students nurture the work habits, social skills and attitudes required for successful inclusion in their school community.
The parent workshops across the Core Program will cover instructional topics such as Introduction to Literacy, Phonology, Comprehension, Early Number Concepts, Addition & Subtraction, Time, Money and Writing for Success. We also provide guidance navigating through the special education journey with workshop topics such as Accessing the Curriculum, Collaboration & Support, Fostering Independence and Friendship.
Adventure Club is a social skills class for graduates of our Core Program. Students should be approximately between the ages 11-14, or in middle school. This program is structured to provide parents with the opportunity to support their young adult in the development of skills for independent living, self-regulation and self-advocacy. Families will meet bi-monthly to participate in structured social activities throughout the local community.
Early Education Workshops are offered in conjunction with the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC) for parents of children between the ages of 3-5. This 6-part seminar series focuses on building beginning literacy and numeracy skills and enhancing learning at school and at home. Seminar topics include: Understanding the Cognitive Profile, Expanding Vocabulary & Learning Sight (Whole) Words, Colors & Shapes, Pre-Number Concepts, Creating an Effective Learning Session and Working with your IEP Team.
For more information about any of our classes, please contact us.
Note that we have a limited number of seats in our program and are running year-long waitlists for all our classes. If you’d like to be added to our waitlist, please email us and include your contact information so we know the best way to get in touch with you. We will let you know when we have an opening for your family.
For families in our program seeking additional assistance, we offer individual or small group tutoring based on the guiding principles of the program. We also work with special education parent-groups to share best practices for teaching students with Down syndrome. For more information about tutoring and additional support for families, please contact us.
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For families unable to attend our classes in Boston, please check here to find a Learning Program in your area. We currently have affiliate partners in over 20 locations nationally.
LP Online™ is an online educational community, hosted by our affiliate partner, the Down Syndrome Foundation (Orange County, CA) that utilizes webinars to replicate the parent workshop portion of our face-to-face program. Participants join live workshop sessions in real time or can access recorded sessions later at their convenience. LP Online™ extends the Learning Program to families who do not have an affiliate partner in close geographic proximity and/or who are unable to enroll in their local Learning Program due to conflicts or extended wait lists. LP Online™ serves families from all around the world, and provides an opportunity for participants to engage with an extended Down syndrome community on educational best practices.
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