Water activities are a part of everyday life in Florida. Swimming is so much more than meets the eye! Swimming provides your child with excellent physical conditioning, social interaction, self-confidence, safety, increased ability to follow instructions and FUN!
The FOUNDATION is pleased to announce that this summer you have the choice of where your child learns to swim. We are excited to continue our partnership with Lucky Fin Swim School (a special branch of The Swim Squad) because we know they provide safe, effective and fun swimming lessons for ALL children. Our partnerships with their organization and The Track Shack Foundation have been very successful. To allow more families the opportunity to participant in swimming lesson this summer, we have opened the scholarship to allow families to apply funds to any swim program you choose.
To learn about our program and apply for a swim scholarship, please visit our Swim Scholarship Application page.
TalkTools Oral Motor Clinic & Scholarship Program
The ability to speak and pronounce words correctly can be a lot of effort for individuals with Down syndrome due to the low muscle tone and small oral structure that is typical with Trisomy 21. However, with hard work and the right tools, speech patterns and pronunciation can be improved quite dramatically. The necessity to improve the oral motor abilities of individuals with Down syndrome isn't only important for speech, but also for proper eating and even breathing. One of the therapies that has proven to be very success to help individuals with Down syndrome improve their muscle tone, coordination, tongue placement, speech patterns and language is the Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson Talk Tools Methodology.
Known for it's fun programs using horns, whistles, bubbles, straws and more, the TalkTools program is not a replacement for regular Speech Therapy. It does, however, provide an additional evaluation and set of tools which parents and local therapists can use to work with your child or loved one, to improve many aspects of their daily life. The FOUNDATION is proud to offer the services of Whitney Pimentel, from TalkTools, this December. To learn more about the last TalkTools Clinic, please click here.