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ART SMART

The SMILE on Down Syndrome Art Smart program is held at Wired Coffee House Auditorium (111 NW 4th St, Evansville). Individuals with Down syndrome or Autism of all ages are invited to participate in this exciting art program brought to SMILE by the Evansville Downtown Optimists. Siblings welcome. For more details or for scheduled dates, contact Nikki Davis at 812-449-4118.

“. . . the arts have been an inseparable part of the human journey; indeed, we depend on the arts to carry us toward the fullness of our humanity. We value them for themselves, and because we do, we believe knowing and practicing them is fundamental to the healthy development of our children’s minds and spirits. That is why, in any civilization – ours included – the arts are inseparable from the very meaning of the term ‘education.’ We know from long experience that no one can claim to be truly educated who lacks basic knowledge and skills in the arts.”  –National Standards for Arts Education

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L.I.F.E. Program

S.M.I.L.E. on Down Syndrome is looking forward to continuing its pilot teen/adult program, which meets once a month for the entire calendar year. Our L.I.F.E. program seeks to offer the following opportunities to our participants:

L: Learning Together
I: Integrity Building
F: Forming Friendships
E: Engaging the Community

In 2013, the L.I.F.E. program will be tackling such topics as cooking, etiquette, hosting an event, personal care/hygiene, exercise/healthy living and eating, art and culture, social interaction, and volunteering. In 2014, we are looking to continue the program and expand our offerings to better enrich the lives and increase the real world opportunities of teens and adults with Down syndrome.

Our L.I.F.E. program takes the concept of the social learning theory and puts it into practice by holding attention and modeling correct behavior, by practicing important life skills, by increasing retention by repetition, and through imitation and practice of appropriate behavior.

Higher vision goals of the project include:
• Increased independence and self-esteem
• Improved social and community involvement
• Improved relationships, especially with peers
• Continued life skill development and practice

Higher vision themes of the project:
• Self-Esteem
• Personal Safety Skills
• Age—appropriate Behavior
• Social Relationships
• Communication
• Presentation of Self
• Development of resources
• Identification of strengths
• Life Management

For more details or for scheduled dates, contact Nikki Davis at 812-449-4118.

“The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.”  -Denis Waitley

Macaroni & Please

S.M.I.L.E. on Down Syndrome is looking to give the gift of confidence and help us teach important civility and manners skills to our youngest members and guests. Invited attendees include members of S.M.I.L.E. on Down Syndrome and our friends at Inspiring Autism Spectrum Families. Those members will be able to participate free of charge for this manners training that will take place over a healthy, kid-friendly dinner meal. This programming will be held over two evenings and will also be open to the public for a small fee. By integrating public family members with our S.M.I.L.E. and IASF families, we look to better educate everyone involved on proper etiquette and politeness with every person, regardless of ability or disability, in a social setting. Members of our L.I.F.E. skills teen/adult group will also be able to give personal testimonials on the importance of manners/etiquette. They will also work to gain volunteer hours and cooking skills by helping us prepare the meal.

Like our L.I.F.E. program, we are looking to take the concept of the social learning theory and put it into practice by holding attention and modeling correct behavior, by practicing important life skills, by increasing retention by repetition, and through imitation and practice of appropriate behavior.

For more details or for scheduled dates, contact Nikki Davis at 812-449-4118.

“Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.” -Emily Post