Family Support at The PREP Program is open to all families who have a child with Down syndrome up to 18 years of age regardless of whether they attend programs at PREP. Liaisons support families by:
- Assisting with registration of services at PREP and in the community;
- Helping to access information that improves their child’s quality of life;
- Advocating for improved health services;
- Assisting in integrating their child in community activities and events;
- Providing opportunities for families to connect with each other;
- Exploring funding options;
- Planning for the future;
- Offering parent workshops relating to pertinent medical, social, & educational topics and more;
- Hosting Special Events;
- Offering individual appointments to discuss and plan for educational and therapy services at PREP;
- Assisting new families to Canada overcome cultural difficulties by accompanying them to meetings, arranging interpreters and visiting families in their homes.
- Saturday May 4 from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm – 4th Annual Mom’s Day Retreat at Calgary Winter Club. It is time to gather your girlfriends, mom’s, cousins etc and register for the 4th Annual Mom’s Day Retreat. We are gearing up for a great day and hope that you will join us on Saturday May 4th at the Calgary Winter Club. Remember that YOU deserve a day to relax and enjoy yourself with friends… old and new. Please click here to print off registration form (Word File)
We help parents enable their child to lead a healthy, active and productive life.
Who can register for Family Support services?
Family Support Services at PREP are funded by Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD ). Any family who has a child with Down syndrome (age 0-18) is welcome to register with Family Support, regardless of whether their child is enrolled at PREP. Our services are private and confidential. We want parents to know that PREP Family Support is here to help.
How do I access Family Support Services?
- Register for Family Support Services by completing online registration form by selecting this link, in person on your first visit, calling us to have a form mailed out, or by clicking here to download a copy (PDF Document).
- Upon registration, your family will be assigned to a Family Support Liaison who will call and invite you for an introductory visit and a tour of PREP. Depending on the information and support that you require, we mail out resource information, talk over the telephone, arrange in-person meetings or schedule a home or community visit.
Since PREP’s inception in 1988, we have seen many PREP students develop and grow from birth to graduation. We understand that parenting a child with special needs offers a unique set of challenges, and we are here to help you along the way! The staff at PREP feel privileged to be a part of your family’s journey!
Family Support: Ages 0 to 4
Family Support focuses on helping parents to meet and build connections with other parents of preschoolers. We help parents learn about the therapy and educational services available at PREP and the benefits of inclusion in home, school and community life. Explore government funding programs and the wealth of community resources available to help your child learn and grow.
Family Support: Ages 5-12
Family Support focuses on assisting parents to explore their options in the areas of education, recreation, and community inclusion. We help parents keep their child active by connecting them to social and recreational activities and inclusive summer camps. We support families in their parenting role by connecting them to respite services, Resource Fairs, and other parents who will share their experiences.
We understand that transitions can be challenging. Family Support will help parents advocate for their child’s quality education while preparing for the important transitions from Kindergarten to Grade One and also to Jr. High. We will provide workshops and supporting information to help parents find their voice to be a confident and proactive advocate, allowing the transition to get easier with time and practice.
Family Support: Ages 13-18
Family Support focuses on planning and preparing for the transition from youth to adulthood. Knowledge is power, and parents can better cope with adolescence if they stay informed. Family Support presents workshops on a variety of topics such as puberty, sexuality, and mental health. We are here to lend a listening ear when changes are overwhelming, and can meet privately with you to make outside referrals if needed.
Look ahead and plan for your teens’ transition to Adult Services! We provide information on adult programs, offer assistance with completing applications, and help families prepare for the future with our Transition Guide.
Contact Family Support Services:
Grades 7-12 (up to age 18)
403-282-5011, ext 124
403-282-5011, ext 118
403-282-5011, ext 126
Phone: 403-282-5011, ext. 125