Support Groups:

The Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio offers several different support groups to provide support and information to families and children with Down syndrome. Our goal is to increase awareness and improve the quality of life for those living with Down syndrome. The groups include:

 

 
Little Buddies Parent Support Group
Meets on the 4th Monday of the month
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Worthington United Methodist Church
600 High Street, Worthington, OH 43085
Refreshments and childcare will be provided. 
 
 
Little Buddies Contacts:
Stephanie Hoffer           Angela Buddendeck           April Horne
(312)339-9654                  (937)313-1306                        (740)360-7093
 
3-6 Year Old Parent Support Group
Meet on the 4th Monday of the month
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Worthington United Methodist Church
600 High Street, Worthington, OH 43085
 
 
3-6 Year Old Contact: 
Susie Magyar                    Katie Graham
(614) 633-9186                  (614) 378-2887
 
 
Weekend Play Group
Infants, toddlers, & preschoolers with Down Syndrome & siblings  
Meets the 2nd Saturday of the month.
 
 
Weekend Play Contacts:
Andrea Bartosch                  Susie Jones
(614) 395-1095                      (614) 216-1379
andreabartosch@live.com    susiejones429@yahoo.com 
 
 
Eastside Play Group
Meets the 3rd Saturday of each month
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Peace United Methodist Church 
235 Diley Road, Pickerington, OH 43147
 
Eastside Play Group Contact: 
Nancy Ealy
(614) 868-8672 
 
 
Delaware County Play Group
Meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Delaware County Board of DD
7991 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, OH 43035 
Park in front of building and use front entrance.
 
Delaware County Contact: 
Bethany Mirka
(740) 666-2222
 
 
 

 

 

Additional Information About Support Groups:

  • Little Buddies Parent Support Group: For new or expectant parents of babies with Down syndrome. This group helps ease the worries of new parents and provide the information they need. Childcare is available for siblings and children with Down syndrome who are mobile. All are welcome.
  • 3 to 6-year-olds Group: This group focuses on issues such as toilet training, sibling relationships and public education. Information about the IEP process is essential as children transition into public education. Play groups are often developed as parents continue to develop their networks and begin to find resources for their children in the community for therapies as well as recreation. Childcare is available for siblings and children with Down syndrome who are mobile. All are welcome.
  • Weekend Play Group: The weekend play group is for families that have an infant, toddler or preschooler with Down syndrome.  This group will meet the second Saturday of every month at 10:00 a.m. until noon, at various locations.