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…

Noticeboard

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

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 …

About

New Parents

Activities

Training

Latest from Facebook

1 week ago

Stepping Stones DS

All hands on deck getting ready for our charity steam up tomorrow
Proceeds to Alexander divine and our chosen charity stepping stones in camberley
From 4pm bbq and tomboys plus all the fun of the steam engines
Come and support us
Plenty of free parking in the field at syngenta next door
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

1 week ago

Stepping Stones DS

Stepping Stones DS is looking for new trustees to join our team, to help run our charity and shape its future. We would welcome an approach from anyone who wants to volunteer their time and skills, If you would like to know more please see the job description on the following link (www.dropbox.com/s/pdf6lobvayise8a/Trustee%20Job%20Description.pdf?dl=0)

If you would like to have a chat about how you could support us please email enquiries@steppingstonesds.co.uk

Please share and help spread the word.
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

1 week ago

Stepping Stones DS

Check out our gorgeous Isabelle :-)#RealSuperHeros#4
Isabelle <3

"Isabelle's diagnoses came as a surprise to us after birth. Yes, it was initially a shock but this tiny, perfect little 2.5kg newborn baby girl, who is so easy going, cuddly and super happy made all the worries disappear when we held her in our arms.

We have had wonderful support from local Down syndrome charity Stepping Stones DS for both emotional support meeting other families with Down Syndrome children, as well as learning and development groups for the babies."
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

2 weeks ago

Stepping Stones DS

Would you like to run the London Marathon for Stepping Stones DS?

We have ONE charity ballot place available, and we would love you to run it for us!

Simply register your details on the survey below, and you could be our SSDS marathon runner on the 28 April 2019!

Please SHARE with your family and friends.

www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/N6JBKTS

Entries close on the 31st of October and our runner will be announced in the first week of November! We ask for a contribution of £50 toward the registration fee, and a fundraising target of £2000. For more details, click the survey link to register or email fundraising@steppingstonesds.co.uk
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

2 weeks ago

Stepping Stones DS

We still have spaces available for this week's workshop; Down Syndrome & Autism Spectrum Disorder (Dual Diagnosis) Part 2 delivered by Leela Baksi of Symbolconnect.

Places are £15 for members and £25 for non-members. Please share this with anyone who would be interested in attending. To book please email training@steppingstonesds.co.uk
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

1 month 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

1 month 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