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Conference Childcare/Young Adult Activities

Sotos Syndrome Annual Conference Child CareWe want the children to enjoy coming to the conference as much as their parents. Providing a high quality, fun conference experience for all ages is extremely important to us. We provide excellent, caring childcare to look after your children, teens and young adults of all ages while you are attending the conference workshops on Saturday and Sunday. The childcare/young adult activities are for all children — those with Sotos Syndrome and their typical siblings. Adults with Sotos syndrome who need supervision or assistance are included.

Age Groups

We divide the children into different age groups in order to provide age-appropriate activities for them.

Age Range (years) Typical Adult:Child Ratio
Infants (0 to 3 years) 1:2
Pre-School (4 to 6 years) 1:3
Elementary (7 to 11 years) 1:5
Teens and Assisted Adults
(12 years and over)
1:7*
*Extra supervision may be added when going off-site on a field trip.

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Infants and young children are cared for on-site at the hotel. We often have a special guest such as a magician, puppeteer or storysteller come visit the children while they are in childcare. Other activities will include a variety of age-appropriate toys, games and crafts. If the hotel has an appropriate outdoor area such as a nearby green space, we will also spend some time outside.

On Saturday, we take the older children and assisted adults on a supervised field trip to a local tourist attraction such as a zoo, science centre, sea world or similar venue. Both children with Sotos syndrome and their siblings often find these experiences very rewarding as they spend time with other children who are “just like me”.

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Being the brother or sister of someone with Sotos syndrome creates its own set of unique experiences and challenges. A sibling workshop is an opportunity for these brothers and sisters to obtain peer support and education within a recreational context. Qualified facilitators offer a combination of discussion and lively games and activities that help siblings share their joys and concerns about having a sibling with special needs. Siblings can also learn how others handle some common situations that happen in their lives. The workshop is aimed at siblings approximately ages 10 and older (exact age cut-off will vary at each conference). It will take place on Sunday morning and is not offered every year.

   

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