Welcome to Stepping Stones DS

Supporting children and young people with Down Syndrome and their families, one step at a time

Stepping Stones DS supports children and young people with Down Syndrome in North Hampshire, South East Berkshire and West Surrey. The group provides a wide range of support, activities and services for members and their families. All of these are designed to build confidence and support our members in reaching their potential.

We put a high priority on empowerment and provide training for parents, teachers and other professionals to allow them to better support our members. Stepping Stones DS has an active and involved volunteer base and is a self funding organisation. For information on how to join Stepping Stones DS please see our New Parents page

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We have recently updated our Training page with our Training Programme for the 2019/20 academic year.  We are really excited about the broad range of topics and feel that we are offering something for all of our members, please see our Training page to see this online.

Our beautiful publication “Our Stories” is now available to read online. this publication is for members, for families, for professionals, and for anyone who ever wondered what life might be like with an extra chromosome, please see our New Parents page to see this online.

You can now sign up for our half termly newsletter using the form in the footer of our website

VOLUNTEER LED

Stepping Stones DS is a run by parents, for parents and carers of children and young people with Down Syndrome. We are an entirely volunteer led group and would love to hear from you if you would like to support us.

Find out how you can help support us …

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5 days ago

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Last Friday we held our first ever "Get to Know Us" event. It was wonderful to welcome members of our local community, members and professionals to learn more about Down Syndrome and Stepping Stones DS.

Attendees heard talks from Sarah Sutton, Chair, about Stepping Stones DS and the services and activities we provide for our members. Becky Baxter from LETS Go UK provided an overview of the learning profile of Down Syndrome and how we can make adaptations to support inclusion and learning, as well as giving an overview of the services LETS Go! provide for our members. Member Kathleen Humberstone, then took to the floor and told us about her life.

We were delighted with the turnout and the opportunity to get to know so many members of our community, to encourage people to get involved and to build our network.

If you would like to "Get to Know Us" at a future event or more informally please do get in touch by emailing enquiries@steppingstonesds.co.uk.

Thank you to Sarah Fishlock Photography for providing such a fabulous photographic record of the event.
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3 weeks ago

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Last week Erica Ranzato from Happy Mind Training delivered a session on Early Number Skills in Pupils with Down Syndrome. The aim of this workshop was to provide information about how to support the development of early number abilities of children with Down syndrome.

We've had great feedback from delegates with the following being mentioned as key areas of information taken from the session;

• "relevant activities to do"
• "use of different resources in addition to Numicon"
• "new ideas and games"
• "working memory strategies"
• "going over basic known work"

Participants mentioned how the activities discussed could be useful for many children in their class and not only for children with DS, and how this could facilitate inclusion.

We are really looking forward to Erica's next session on Thursday 28th November which moves on to Advanced and Functional Mathematics For Pupils with Down Syndrome. We still have places available so please book here; forms.gle/uH7KDo6b2dYzPTr16
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3 weeks ago

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PRE-SCHOOL INFORMATION EVENINGS FROM LETS Go UK

Places are still available on our information evenings delivered by Becky Baxter and Sarah Holton from LETS Go UK which take place in Fleet. The next sessions is on Tuesday 19th November at 18:30.

Email training@steppingstonesds.co.uk to book or use the following link; forms.gle/4pzbmyHcF6dehnSf7

Please share as everyone is welcome, prices are;
Members; £8
School/nursery staff supporting our members; £10
Non-members; £15
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1 month ago

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GET TO KNOW STEPPING STONES DS - Friday 29th November

We are delighted to invite members, associated professionals, friends, supporters and the wider community to our Stepping Stones DS “Get to Know Us” Event on Friday 29th November 2019 in Farnborough. This is an opportunity to learn about and celebrate the services and support that Stepping Stones DS provides.

This event will also include guest speakers Kathleen Humberstone, Becky Baxter (Speech & Language Therapist) of LETS Go UK and our chair, Sarah Sutton.

A light lunch will be served. Please RSVP by 22nd November 2019

To book places on the event please use the following link; forms.gle/rwXLNx5rR7TAC5nx6

Please share this invite with anyone who may be interested, everyone is very welcome.
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1 month ago

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CONTINENCE IN CHILDREN WITH ADDITIONAL NEEDS

Places are still available on our information day delivered by Bladder & Bowel UK which takes place on Thursday 7th November in Fleet.

Email training@steppingstonesds.co.uk to book or use the following link; forms.gle/4pzbmyHcF6dehnSf7

Please share as everyone is welcome, prices are;

Members; £15
School/nursery staff supporting our members; £25
Non-members; £30CONTINENCE IN CHILDREN WITH ADDITIONAL NEEDS
Thursday 7th November 2019 - Bladder & Bowel UK

We still have places available on our information day which will take place in Fleet, Hampshire.

Davina Richardson, a Specialist Children's Nurse, will look at bowel & bladder health, constipation, toilet training, bladder problems including day & night wetting and available resources. There will also be time for attendees to ask Davina questions.

Members and non-members are welcome so please feel free to share.

Prices are;
Members; £15
School/Nursery staff supporting our members; £25
Non-members; £30

Please book your place using the following link; forms.gle/4GjkB3VbVeaVpFuU8
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1 month ago

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SURVEY OF THE EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES OF CHILDREN WITH DOWN SYNDROME CURRENTLY IN UK SCHOOLS

The University of Manchester & LETS Go UK (who provide our Therapy Groups, School Outreach and Training) are conducting an online survey looking at the educational experiences of children with Down syndrome.

They are looking for parents/carers and educators (teachers, TAs, SENCos) who have or are currently working with a child with Down syndrome in any UK school setting (Year R-Year 11)

Can you help? If so, take part by clicking on the link; link j.mp/2WSro9l

Please share this post with anyone who would be interested.

Thank youSURVEY OF THE EDUCATION EXPERIENCES OF CHILDREN WITH DOWN SYNDROME CURRENTLY IN UK SCHOOLS

Calling all parents/carers and educators (including teachers, teaching assistants, SENCos) who have or are currently working with a child (children) with Down syndrome who is currently attending a UK school (Reception-Year 11)

The University of Manchester & LETS Go UK​ are conducting an online survey looking at the educational experiences of children with Down syndrome. Can you help? If so, take part by clicking on the link; link j.mp/2WSro9l

Please share this post with anyone who would be interested.

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1 month ago

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It's great to see such lovely work and inclusion taking place during one of the LETS Go UK School Outreach Support visits which Stepping Stones funds. Also, a great top tip on differentiating recording when children are learning to write.

Well done to this school and young lady!
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