DSL hires the swimming pool at Banogue Limerick for one hour (11am to 12 midday) every Saturday for our families. We have a swim coach who is happy to help children/adults with Down syndrome to swim and encourage the whole family to have a fun hour in the pool. A nominal fee is charged per family. Contact us to find out more.
From time to time DSL organises cycling lessons. Cycling is a great form of exercise and independence for people with Down Syndrome. Members will be kept informed of upcoming cycle lessons!
Messy Hands Art
This is an art group for children who love to be messy at art, on the floor! Ideal for babies/toddlers who can sit on the floor on their own or with a little aid. The group meet every Saturday from 10am to 11am. Siblings welcome. Nominal fee per family. Contact us to find out more.
Adults with Down syndrome over 18 years of age are welcome to join this Dance group. Previously this group has had hip hop classes and currently enjoy Zumba classes for one hour from 2.30 to 3.30pm. €5 per person. Parents take turns to supervise with the help of a volunteer.
Parent & Toddler Group
From time to time this group meet for Speech or Occupational Therapy Group sessions, for coffee mornings, play mornings and/or music therapy mornings. A nominal fee can apply for therapy groups.
Every Monday evening from 7.30 to 8.30pm approx. The Youth Club for 12-18 years meet for games / cookery / dance / singing and lots of activities. There is no charge for this group.
Table Top Art
This is an art group for children that can sit at a table and follow some instructions with help. This group meet every Saturday from 11am to 12 midday. Siblings welcome. Nominal fee per family. Contact us to find out more.
For 45 minutes every Monday circa 3.30pm those aged 3+ years meet to move to music! Nominal Fee Applies.
Adults with Down syndrome over 18 years of age are welcome to join this drama group. They meet every Saturday for two hours; 12.30pm to 2.30pm. The cost is €5 per person each Saturday. Parents take turns to supervise with the help of volunteer.
Before babies have the ability to understand language, we communicate with our babies through touch – skin-to-skin, breast feeding, cuddles and snuggles, gentle soothing strokes, baby wearing etc. It is a natural instinct and one which can be greatly enhanced through the use of baby massage.
Baby massage is a form of tactile stimulation. It offers numerous advantages such as increased bonding and decreased stress for both baby and parent and reduced crying and emotional distress for the baby. Supportive, positive touch promotes the infant’s engagement with their caregivers and their environment as well as helping to establish the sensory building blocks of cognition, behaviour and communication. Wendy Condell at Limerick Parent and Baby Centre offers baby massage classes to our members. She has extensive experience in baby massage and in working with children with additional needs. Wendy says “Babies with additional needs (and chromosomes!) often have lots of appointments and therapies so baby massage classes are a lovely way to spend a fun and enjoyable time with your baby“. Contact us for more details.