DSL hires the swimming pool at Bawnmore 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!
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.
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
This Group meet for a get together once a month in our premises in Castletroy and sometimes have various activities such as Music Therapy. A nominal fee can apply for some activities.
Every Monday evening from 7pm to 8pm 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.
Young Adult Workshops
This group was recently set up to offer our young adults an opportunity to enjoy some practical and not so practical opportunities in the community. Their first block of workshops was “Be A Butcher”! Tom’s Butcher here in Castletroy kindly offered a block of sessions to our members and he provided training for them in how to prepare various meet dishes, cook the products and enjoy tasting the results! This was hugely popular with members. We hope to offer a variety of activities going forward.
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.