Dear Mom, Conference | FALL 2018

Hosted at Shade Home & Garde, Orem UT.



What to Expect

At Dear Mom, our focus and vision is to provide spaces and events that inspire you, encourage you, and connect you with other moms along the journey with you, raising a person with Down Syndrome. We’ve all been to conferences where we can receive a wealth of informational resources, the newest medical developments, and the ever changing law information. We found it was rare to enter a space that was beautiful, enriching, and was designed with your deepest needs in mind. To have a moment to rest, enjoy the company of others, and engage in a relationally inspired community.

At Dear Mom, Conference we feed you, leave plenty of time to connect with other moms, hire speakers to inspire you, and offer opportunities to connect beyond the conference where our community is most active day in and day out. Enjoy our video below from our Utah event from Fall 2018.


Audio from Past Speakers

Laguna Beach, CA > Spring 2018

Orem, Utah > Fall 2018


Inspirational Speakers

We’ve been so privileged to offer you many of the most influential speakers in our field. Our focus is to bring you perspective and insight from not only those who’ve experienced our journey, but those that would bring us bravery and courage as we engage all of the things we face as fearless moms. We will always try to offer a resourceful angle, but most importantly we want you to know that you are loved, we are with you, and we see your journey.


Heather Avis - The Lucky Few

Heather Avis is wife to her handsome and hardworking man Josh, and mother to the adorable Macyn, Truly and August and Author of "The Lucky Few" (available everywhere books are sold). After working as an Education Specialist she found herself as a full-time stay at home mom when she and her husband adopted their first daughter, Macyn, in 2008. Shortly thereafter, in 2011, they adopted their second daughter, Truly. And in 2013, their son August was born and came home to be theirs…


Oakley Peterson - NOthing Down About It

Oakley Peterson grew up in Northern California but currently resides in Northern Utah with her husband, Scott and their three little ones. She is the mother to feisty Scarlett, their fun and sassy girl, sweet Welles, their empathetic and pure hearted escape artist (always on the run), and Ames, the boss baby who joined the party and thinks he owns the place! When not changing soiled diapers, cleaning pen marks off the walls or checking door locks to keep Welles in... Oakley and her family enjoy traveling, dancing and spending time together…


Mrs. Terry BRown - So Happy to LEarn

Terry Brown, affectionately know as “Mrs. Brown” by her many learners, has a passion and a gift for teaching individuals with Down syndrome. Working from her home, she has developed a successful and innovative program that teaches reading and other academic skills to learners ages three to adult.

Her teaching methodology, based from Teaching Reading to Children with Down Syndrome by Patricia Oelwein, is unique in the education space and her commitment to these methods and learned applications over the years are proven successful…