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, Berkshire and Surrey. The group provides a wide range of support, activities and services for members and their families. All activities 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 is an entirely volunteer led, self funding organisation. For information on how to join Stepping Stones DS please see our New Parents page

Read More About Us…


We have recently updated our Training page with our Training Programme for the 2018/19 academic year.  We have a range of topics available and hope that there is something of interest for everyone, 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


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 …


New Parents



Latest from Facebook

2 days ago

Stepping Stones DS

Stepping Stones DS Training - October

3rd October 09:30 - 14:30
Differentiation and Assessment for Children with Down Syndrome (Junior & Senior)
Becky Baxter LETS Go UK www.letsgouk.org

Includes information on teaching to the profile of children with Down syndrome and covers the key areas for differentiating literacy, numeracy as well as inclusion across the whole curriculum.
The day will cover how to measure progress, developing effective assessment and ensuring accurate record keeping.
Schools are asked to bring examples of planning to facilitate practical workshops covering individual planning and differentiation. This session is aimed at schools but it is always helpful to have parents’ expert knowledge in supporting schools and differentiating homework.

11th October 09:30 - 14:30
Down Syndrome & Autism Spectrum Disorder (Dual Diagnosis) Part 2
Leela Baksi of Symbol symbolconnect.co.uk/

This is the second day of a 2-part linked course. We will talk about: profiling communication skills and selecting strategies and interventions for speech, language and social communication skills; behaviour and communication: what are the challenging behaviours telling us?; teaching social skills and using social stories.
Day 2 is open to everyone who attended day 1 and anyone else (parents, school staff, speech and language therapists) concerned with children with Down syndrome who have an ASD diagnosis. We have already covered issues around diagnosis and the process of diagnosis, so day 2 is not suitable if these topics are priority for you.

All courses are held at The Acorn Centre, Church Crookham Junior School to book email training@steppingstonesds.co.uk.
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

3 days ago

Stepping Stones DS

Have you seen 100% style queen and SSDS member Kathleen in the latest River Island commercial? She's also gracing enormous billboards across the country, smashing perceptions just by being her fabulous self.

Brilliant job, Kathleen! #LABELSAREFORCLOTHES

River Island
Autumn is here and with it, part two of #LABELSAREFORCLOTHES, a celebration of people who reject stereotypes and champion self-expression.

Meet the latest reps of our movement, unapologetic in their mission to stay 100% true to self > riverislnd.co/YSoFpa
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

3 weeks ago

Stepping Stones DS

It's back to school time!

We would like to wish all of our school starters the best of luck in their new adventure this week, as well as any of our members who are transitioning to a new school.

Good luck everyone, we wish you an amazing school year!
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

2 months ago

Stepping Stones DS

School's out for summer!

SSDS is now closed for the summer break, while the trustees take a well-deserved hiatus* to spend time with their families.

We wish you all a wonderful summer holiday and look forward to seeing you again in September!

*photo is representative only and may bear no real resemblance to any summer holiday taken by a trustee.
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

2 months ago

Stepping Stones DS

MEET THE TRUSTEES: We hope you have enjoyed our series over the last few weeks. This is our final post, and it's from me!

I'm Karen and I am responsible for 90% of the posts you see on this page. I’m married to Nathan, and we have two children, Luke who has DS (7) and Lexie (5). My area of focus at SSDS is communications, grants and PR. I was an Executive Assistant for many years and I also worked in Professional Development and HR. Over the last year, I decided to retrain in social media management, and I now balance my social media business with raising the children. I’m originally from New Zealand and I moved here in 2005, I now call the UK my home.

SSDS has been an incredible support for our family over the last seven years and I can’t imagine this journey without their support, or without some of the amazing SSDS people who I now call my friends.

I hope you have enjoyed this glimpse behind the scenes. SSDS is made up of so many people who put in time and effort, not only trustees but also volunteers too. Stay tuned for some volunteer stories soon!
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook