The NNEDSC supports several social groups for children with Down syndrome and their families. Activities and meet ups will be posted on the Events page.
Saturday Explorers is a “traveling playgroup” for young children with Down syndrome and their families. We meet on the first Saturday of every month to play, socialize, and explore what New Hampshire has to offer! Some months are spent at our “home base” having a quieter playgroup, and other months are spent on family outings around the state!
Saturday Explorers was created by two moms of little boys who have Down syndrome. After their boys were born, they realized that there was a shortage of activities and support for children with Down syndrome and their families in their local area. They decided to create a playgroup where children could come together to socialize, and parents could meet other parents who have experience raising a child with Down syndrome.
There are currently two Saturday Explorer groups, one in the Monadnock Region and one in South New Hampshire.
Saturday Explorers welcomes children of all ages, as well as expectant parents. We look forward to seeing you on our next adventure!
This group is for school-aged children, and will meet every other month for get-togethers, outings, and other age-appropriate activities.
Friends Forever started because while we LOVE having children of all ages in Saturday Explorers, we recognize that school-aged children and their parents sometimes have different interests, discussion topics, etc. than the youngsters and their parents in the group. It’s a group that meets the unique social needs of school-aged children, while still providing a network of support for the parents. There is no age requirement for Friends Forever, but whenever you feel your child is ready for more “big kid action”, the group is there!
Young Adults With Down Syndrome (YADS)
YADS was created to help teenagers and young adults meet and create lifelong friendships. Several times throughout the year, they get together to socialize and make new friends. Friends and siblings of a similar age are welcome at events. Each year, YADS hosts a formal themed prom for self-advocates over the age of 16.