Events & Announcements

Please save the following dates as opportunities to connect with other families!

Golf Tournament to benefit Manasota BUDS
May 2014
Register Now!

Buddy Walk Kick-Off Party
June 2014
Details to be announced
This is your chance to get started on your Buddy Walk team and/or join the planning committee.

BUDS Pathfinder Family Adventure Day
September 13, 2014
Details TBA

Buddy Walk
Saturday, October 18
Hunsader Farms, Bradenton

BUDS Networking Night
Thursday, November 6
Living Lord Lutheran Church, Lakewood Ranch
This is an opportunity for families to network with one another and collect information from a variety of community resources.  BUDS will invite community partners to provide information about services of interest to the local Down syndrome community.  Babysitting and dinner provided.

Sensory Play Group for BUDS kids ages 3 - 8 and siblings
Wednesdays, February 5th - April 9th, 6:15 - 7 pm
Sensory Solutions, LLC (5045 Fruitville Road, Ste. 145, Sarasota)
Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 941-377-9361


Description: This sensory play group is designed to provide a unique blend of therapeutic sensorimotor activities intended to enhance the natural developmental process.  Successful sensory integration requires that we receive and interpret sensory information accurately, combine the information from different senses to create a complete picture, decide on an appropriate response and execute that response.  Typically, integration of sensory information is automated however when the brain is unable to use that information in an organized and effective way, the result is poor sensory processing.  Effective sensory processing is essential for many everyday functions including academic skills, attention, balance, bilateral coordination, body awareness, motor skills, postural stability, self-esteem, speech and language skills, self-regulation, social skills and more.  Occupational therapists use movement experiences in playful, meaningful and natural ways to improve sensory processing skills (traditionally called sensory integration therapy).  Parents actively participate in the classes, which provides a rich parent/child experience.  Finally, the group setting allows for a natural and successful social experience for each child that lays a foundation for healthy self-esteem and interpersonal relationships.  Classes are run by occupational therapists and ESE (exceptional student education) teachers.



Sundays, 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., Sundays
For BUDS Kids and Siblings

Body Heat Yoga, Fruitville Rd., Sarasota
Free, private group class for all ages.
Parents stay and sit in back or do parent-child yoga if necessary at no charge.
For more information about instructors, location, yoga, etc. please visit


BUDS Tennis

Fall 2014

Individuals with Down syndrome
Ages ~ 7-18
Lakewood Ranch High tennis courts

Facebook: BUDSTennisClinic