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Communication Readiness Program

Communication Readiness Program (CRP) is a 6 week summer program for early elementary children aged 4 - 7 with complex communicatio needs. The program incorporates reading, writing, art, music, obstacle courses, speech and socialization with communication and school readiness skills at the core of the program. The students are introduced to AAC systems and technology, and their parents are provided with instruction and training, to enable the children to better communicate to their families, educators, and friends. Following the summer program, DSCBA staff partners with the schools into which each child is entering, working with each student's educational team to ensure a smooth transition into school, and that what they gained in the summer program is not lost. CRP has resulted in phenomenal achievements for young children with Down syndrome and their families, often giving these kids a "voice" for the very first time. Attendance in this program is based on the child's age and need for additional assistance in the area of communication.

Note: This program is a grant funded annual program and is only offered provided that timely and full funding is received.