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Nelson Goff conducts workshop at National Down Syndrome Congress

Monday, July 29, 2013

Briana Nelson Goff

Briana Nelson Goff

Briana Nelson Goff, professor in the School of Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University, conducted "The Up-Side of Down Syndrome: A Workshop for New Parents and Parents to Be" at the National Down Syndrome Congress 41st Annual Convention this month in Denver.

Joining her were Nicole Springer and Gail Bentley from Texas Tech University, Lubbock. The session was based on their research on families who have successfully navigated the life transition and the positive outcomes parents experience in parenting a child with Down syndrome. They explored the journey to resilience experienced by parents of children with Down syndrome and addressed resources to help parents in the early stages of their journey to identify and advocate for their needs and for their child's needs.

Nelson Goff and Springer conducted a national study of parents of children with Down syndrome. They are both mothers of children with Down syndrome, which launched their interest in helping new families with the often unexpected experience.

Prepared by Human Ecology communications

This article was posted on Monday, July 29, 2013 and is filed under College News, Family Studies & Human Services.