You may remember that Dr. Skotko visited us in 2016 and delivered one of our most popular professional talks so far. We have invited him back again so we can hear two new talks. He is a board-certified medical geneticist and Co-Director of the Down Syndrome Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Skotko has dedicated his professional energies toward children with cognitive and development disabilities.
Come to one or both talks.
Child care is available.
REGISTER by midnight March 11, 2018.
Seminar 1 4:00-5:00 pm
“TAKING CARE OF YOUR FAMILY: CELEBRATING THE HIGHS AND SURVIVING THE LOWS” – Raising a son or daughter with Down syndrome is a journey full of celebrations-and challenges! What strategies can your family use to weather the stormy times and value the shining moments. You will also learn about ways in which family experiences play an important role in informing expectant parents who receive the new prenatal tests for Down syndrome.
Seminar 2 6:00-7:00 pm
“THE LATEST AND GREATEST RESEARCH ABOUT DOWN SYNDROME” – The media headlines have been abuzz: “Down syndrome cured in a petri dish!” “Clinical Drug Trials for People with Down Syndrome Aim to Improve Their Cognition and Memory.” What exactly does this news mean? What promises are just around the corner, and which ones are still science fiction? In this workshop, Dr. Brian Skotko will review recent landmark research studies, involving people with Down syndrome. He will explain the science in a way that every parent/caregiver can understand, and participants will leave with an up-to-date appreciation of research’s limitations and potentials.