Early Learning Program

DSA's Early Learning Program is open to children ages 4-6 and their parents. The class will meet the first Saturday of the month from September - May, from 9am - 10:30am.

During each class, students receive small group instruction with a focus on literacy, numeracy, fine motor skills and language development from educators and therapists. Simultaneously in a separate classroom, parents in the program receive instruction on a wide range of topics such as "Introduction to Literacy", "Early Number Concepts", and "Fostering Independence". At-home materials are distributed to allow parents to reinforce the skills learned during the session at home. Teachers and therapists affiliated with the program receive information about effective teaching strategies and cognitive, developmental and educational research.

Parents and students must commit to attending all 9 sessions. The cost of the program covers materials for the class and home, along with the monthly sessions. We also offer a parent only option for the lecture portion of the program. Your child does not attend the class nor do they have to be the age of the class participants. This is a great opportunity for parents of younger children or older children who may still need help with reading and writing skills. There is an online only option hosted by the Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County. 

Educators are welcome to attend any or all of the lecture portion of the program for free. Please email Amanda Clark to find out more!


Classes will be held at Blue Door Pediatric Therapy Center - 10824 Old Mill Rd Suite 10-1, Omaha, NE 68154 from 9:00am - 10:30am. 

September 7th - Introduction to Literacy 
October 5th - Early Number Concepts
November 2nd - Effective Learning Sessions
December 7th - Colors, Shapes, Sorting & Patterns
January 4th - Literacy (Part 2)
February 1st - Memory
March 7th - Sounds & Letters
April 4th - Math Part 2
May 2nd - Fostering Independence 

Register for DSA's Early Learning Program!

Parent and Student Enrollment WITH BOOKS

Set of 10 - Level 1a Sentence books for 1st year students + number line / Set of 10 - Level 1b Sentence books for 2nd year students

Nine, 1.5 hour classroom sessions + nine, 1.5 hour parent lecture sessions with take home materials each month

@ $300.00 ea.
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Parent Only Enrollment

Parent only option for the lecture portion of the program. Your child does not attend the class nor do they have to be the age of the class participants. This is a great opportunity for parents of younger children or older children who may still need help with reading and writing skills. Printed books are NOT provided but can be printed for free.

*If you would like the printed materials, please contact Leah to discuss how you can order them independently.

Nine, 1.5 parent lecture sessions + take home materials each month

@ $100.00 ea.
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Parent and Student Enrollment (NO books) ONLY for repeat students

Nine, 1.5 hour classroom sessions ($22 per session) + nine, 1.5 hour parent lecture sessions with take home materials each month

@ $200.00 ea.
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Early Learning Program Staff

Program Directors, Leah Janke & Amanda Clark

Parent Classroom Teacher, Kendra Ely

Lead Teacher, Sara Damm

Assistant Teacher, TBD

Occupational Therapist, Kate Krueger

Early Development Network, Omaha Public Schools

Speech Language Pathologist, Melissa Bradley-Potter

Melissa Bradley-Potter is a speech language pathologist and is the owner of Blue Door Pediatric Therapy, P.C.. 
Melissa has over a decade of experience providing high quality speech therapy services to children and their families in the Omaha area. She is a Certified Hanen Instructor for the  It Takes Two to Talk® Program, teaching families of children with language delays how to become their child's most important language teacher. Melissa is also a Certified Hanen Instructor for the More Than Words® Program, providing families of children on the autism spectrum with the tools, strategies and support they need to help their children reach their full communication potential. She is a Certified Baby Signs® Instructor, teaching families how to communicate with their babies with sign before they are able to talk. 
Melissa is passionate about working with children and their families to provide them with the skills and education to achieve their communication goals. 
For more information about Melissa and her practice, go to bluedoortherapy.com, email at mbradleypotter@gmail.com or call 402-680-1823.

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