Free seminar held for parents of children with Down syndrome

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Parents, family members, therapists, teachers, social workers and anyone who would like to learn more about developments in Down syndrome are invited to participate in the Changing Minds Seminar to discuss research results on memory and learning in individuals with DS.

The Changing Minds Seminar will take place on Saturday, April 9th, at Great Wolf Lodge, 2501 Great Wolf Drive, Mason, Ohio, 45040.

The group claims to have improve the life of Katie Smith, who they say, you would never suspect she once struggled in school and in her everyday life due to socialization, behavioral and communication problems. The third-grader from Cincinnati, Ohio, who has Down syndrome, now enjoys dancing, cheerleading, playing with other children, and is an active participant in her mainstream class.

"We can't say enough good things about the Changing Minds protocol and how it has helped our Katie beyond any of our expectations," said her parents, Chris and Julia Smith, whose daughter has been on the protocol for three years.

Dr. Teresa Cody, parent of a child with Down syndrome, will present and discuss the protocol her son has been on for five years – the same protocol Katie Smith is on. The mother from Houston, Texas, and hundreds of other families have seen significant improvements in their children's memory and learning as a result. Dr. Cody has been affiliated with the Stanford Down Syndrome Research Center, whose groundbreaking work with a DS mouse model, led Dr. Cody to develop this therapy for significantly improving the memory and cognition in people with DS.

In addition, Joanne Mothes, a national expert from Columbus, Ohio, who has been teaching reading and math to children with Down syndrome for more than 38 years, will discuss the profound effect the Changing Minds protocol has had on her students and in their ability to learn reading and math.

The seminar, offered free of charge, will include a light breakfast, drinks and lunch. Donations will be accepted at the door. For more information, please contact Julia Smith at or visit their website at

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