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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Would you like to learn more about BEHAVIOUR, PLAY, CONGNITION AND FINE MOTOR SKILLS OR LITERACY in relation to supporting children and young adults with Down syndrome?

Then book one of next month's fantastic Down syndrome specific training sessions. We have workshops looking at:

•Behaviour: Key Stage 2 and Beyond by Vik Ralfs
•Play, Cognition and Fine Motor Skills (Pre-School Twilight) by Sarah Holton of LETS Go UK
•Developing Literacy Skills for School Aged Pupils with Down Syndrome by Dr Kelly Burgoyne of LETS Go!

Training is open to families, schools, medical professionals and anyone with a desire to learn more about Down syndrome. Places are not just limited to members so please do share!

Parent Price for SSDS Members;
Full Day £15
Twilight £8

School/Nursery Staff Price for those supporting SSDS Members;
Full Day £25
Twilight £10

Non-Member Price;
Full Day £30
Twilight £15

Please take a look at our online brochure; online.fliphtml5.com/crlrg/hvfp/

To book, we kindly ask that you use our online form; forms.gle/hjaz7yfgyq7WZkS2A

Training sessions will take place in Fleet. For more information please email; training@steppingstonesds.co.uk
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PLEASE TAKE PART & SHARE . . . Survey closes on 31st January 2020

The team at LETS Go UK, who deliver our school outreach service, pre-school groups and 16+ Communication Groups, are conducting a survey in partnership with The University of Manchester looking at Education Experiences of Children with Down Syndrome Currently in UK Schools.

They would be extremely grateful if 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) could take part in their online survey. j.mp/2WSro9l

Information collected in this study will inform several important questions about what happens in school for this group of children and the factors which might support successful school experiences.

Please also share with anyone who is eligible to complete the survey. Thank youTHANK YOU to those of you who have already completed our survey - PLEASE KEEP SHARING . . . ⬇️⬇️⬇️

SURVEY 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; j.mp/2WSro9l

Please share this post with anyone who would be interested.

Thank you
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HAPPY NEW YEAR from Stepping Stones DS ☺️

Why not start 2020 by booking one of our fantastic Down syndrome specific training sessions? We see our training as an investment in the future of our young people through sharing knowledge, information and support.

In the Spring Term we have workshops looking at:
• Transition to Secondary School by Becky Baxter of LETS Go UK
•Behaviour: Key Stage 2 and Beyond by Vik Ralfs
•Play, Cognition and Fine Motor Skills (Pre-School Twilight) by Sarah Holton of LETS Go UK
•Developing Literacy Skills for School Aged Pupils with Down Syndrome by Dr Kelly Burgoyne of LETS Go!
•Communication Beyond Speech by Leela Baksi of Symbolconnect

Training is open to families, schools, medical professionals and anyone with a desire to learn more about Down syndrome. Places are not just limited to members so please do share!

Costs per person, per session are:

Parent Price for SSDS Members;
Full Day £15
Half Day £10
Twilight £8

School/Nursery Staff Price for those supporting SSDS Members;
Full Day £25
Half Day £15
Twilight £10

Non-Member Price;
Full Day £30
Half Day £20
Twilight £15

Please take a look at our online brochure; online.fliphtml5.com/crlrg/hvfp/

To book, we kindly ask that you use our online form; forms.gle/hjaz7yfgyq7WZkS2A

Training sessions will take place in Fleet. For more information please email; training@steppingstonesds.co.uk
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What a fabulous morning we had at our Christmas Stay and Play this morning which concluded with Sarah leading some festive signed songs.

Stepping Stones DS is now taking a break over the festive period and we would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your dear ones a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!
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On the 12th day of Christmas my true love sent to me 12 flamingoes skating, 11 cacti cavorting...... Love it Luke! ... See MoreSee Less

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What a super seasonal pair of sisters Sophie and Sienna are decked out for Christmas jumper day! Superb! ... See MoreSee Less

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