Social Groups

Lil’ Stars (Newborn to Age 5)Families of Young Children Sharing Ideas, Information and Friendship

The Lil’ Stars group is geared towards parents expecting a baby with Down syndrome and parents of children that are newborn to age five. The children, siblings and grandparents are welcome and encouraged to attend! Although the focus is on our newest and youngest members, we can all benefit from getting to know one another and sharing knowledge. Our meetings are informal and often include a guest speaker on topics of interest to the group. There is also time to socialize and enjoy being with each other’s children.

Please come and share your ideas, support and parenting ideas with others. Contact Ashley Wilkinson at the DSAJ office at 904.353.6300 or via email to be added to the communications list.

Shining Stars (Age 6-12)

DSAJ’s Shining Stars group is comprised of children between the ages of 6 and 12. The group’s purpose is to provide social and informational activities throughout the course of the year for both the children and their families. The children enjoy the fun activities, which are designed to enhance physical and social development. We encourage parents, grandparents, family members and friends to attend as well. Periodically, we bring speakers and educators in to discuss various topics that are helpful and keep our members up to date.

This group is led by Melissa Prudencio. Contact Ashley Wilkinson at the DSAJ office at 904.353.6300 or via email to be added to the communications list.

Teen Group (Age 13-17)

Fun outings are planned for those ages 13 – 17 with Down syndrome to meet and enjoy each other’s company while participating in a range of activities. The purpose of this group is to provide socialization within the community and opportunities for friendships to develop. Join us to make friends, develop confidence and self-esteem, practice social skills, and most of all – HAVE FUN!

The group is led by Dani Frei. Contact Ashley Wilkinson at the DSAJ office at 904.353.6300 or via email to be added to the communications list. Parents are encouraged to drop off their teens to foster independence and to give both the parent and teen respite!

Adult Group (Age 18 and up)

What an awesome group of friends! We provide a safe, supervised way for young adults with Down syndrome to meet and enjoy a range of activities. The purpose of this group is to provide socialization within the community and opportunities for friendships to develop. Join us to make friends, develop confidence and self-esteem, practice social skills, and most of all – HAVE FUN!

This group is led by Ashley Wilkinson and Peyton Miller. Contact Ashley at the DSAJ office at 904.353.6300 or via email to be added to the communications list.