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Barrow Neurological Institute at PCH Annual Down Syndrome Medical Symposium

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in every 700 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome, making Down syndrome the most common chromosomal condition. About 6,000 babies with Down syndrome are born in the United States each year.
Join us August 18-19 at our FREE Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital Annual Down Syndrome Medical Symposium at the Melvin L. Cohen Conference Center in the Rosenberg Children's Medical Plaza to learn about recent advances in the medical treatment of Down syndrome.
Space is limited so sign up right away!

Conference Schedule
Friday, August 188:30 a.m. - 4:30p.m.
Saturday, August 198:30 a.m. - 12:30
Lunch and light refreshments will be provided.

Friday, August 18th
8:30-8:55AM Registration and Breakfast
8:55-9:00AM Welcome and Introductions
Robin Blitz, MD
9:00-10:30AM Special Care Dentistry
Maureen Perry, DDS, MPA
10:30-12:30PM Nuts & Bolts of Educating Your Child with Down syndrome About Sexuality
Terri Couwenhoven, MS, CSE
12:30-1:30PM Lunch provided and Carrie Raabe’s Journey
1:30- 2:15PM Speech, Language and Feeding
Lauren Kleinert MS, CCC-SLP and Jesirae Juarez MS, CCC-SLP
2:15PM-3:15PM Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices
Sarah Hales, MA CCC-SLP
3:15-3:30PM Q and A Panel
Hales, Juarez and Kleinert
3:30-4:30PM Inclusive Practices
Susan Marks, JD, PhD, BCBA-D

Saturday, August 19th
*Please bring your adolescent/young adult with Down syndrome on Saturday ONLY*
8:30-8:55AM Breakfast and Registration
8:55-9:00AM Welcome and Introductions
Robin Blitz, MD
9:00-9:30AM Gigi’s Playhouse/ Café
Jennifer and Stephanie Gage
9:30-10:30 Transition and Guardianship
Susan Marks, JD, PhD, BCBA-D
10:30-12:30PM Understanding Relationships and Boundaries with the People in My Life
Terri Couwenhoven MS, CSE

Who Should Come?

Medical professionals

Education professionals

Parents or caregivers of a child - there will be great information shared for you as well!

Featured Speakers

Robin Blitz, MD

Maureen Perry, DDS, MPA

Sarah Hales, MA CCC-SLP  

Jesirae Juarez,  MS, CCC-SLP

Lauren Kleinert, MS, CCC-SLP

Susan Marks, JD, PhD, BCBA-D

Terri Couwenhoven, MS, CSE

Carrie Raabe

Gigi’s Playhouse

In Collaboration With:


Sharing Down syndrome

Gigi’s Playhouse

The Emily Center at Phoenix Children's Hospital

Free Admission
(sorry, no respite care provided)
Free Parking
Enter the campus off 20th Street and Cambridge Avenue, two blocks south of Thomas Road. Free parking is available in the visitor parking garage.
Further Information
Contact Kiran Aurora at (602) 933-0635 or For more information on the Down syndrome clinic at Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's, visit
NOTE: If you prefer a vegan meal, please type "VEGAN" in the promo code field.

Friday, August 18, 2017 at 8:30am to 12:30pm

Melvin L. Cohen Conference Center 1920 E. Cambridge Avenue, Phoenix, AZ




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