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

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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 …

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2 days ago

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TRAINING; An Introduction to Down Syndrome – Wednesday 26th June 2019 (09:30 -14:30) PLACES STILL AVAILABLE

This session will be a chance for staff who are new to working with a child with DS to forward plan for September and think about how the team around the child can all work together. The day will cover an introduction to the learning profile of children with Down syndrome as well as 4 in-depth workshops; Developing speech and language skills across the curriculum ; Developing literacy skills; Developing number skills; and differentiating the curriculum to meet the needs of children with Down syndrome. It is also a great refresher to those already supporting pupils with Down syndrome and for parents.

This is presented by Becky Baxter who delivers our mainstream school outreach service. Becky is a qualified speech and language therapist and is the founder of LETS Go UK who offer specialist services for children with Down syndrome.

This course is charged at £15 per person for members and £25 per person for professionals and non-members. Training will take place in the Fleet area, however the exact venue depends on the number of delegates attending and will be confirmed nearer the time. If you have not yet booked a place but would like attend, please email training@steppingstonesds.co.uk.

Please share this information with anyone who may be interested in coming along, places are not just restricted to members.
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3 weeks ago

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Yesterday we welcomed author, Janet Gover, to our monthly Stay and Play session. Janet is researching a novel which will feature a character with Down Syndrome. We were delighted to welcome her to the group and to talk to her about our experiences. ... See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

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A massive congratulations and thank you to David Love for completing the London Marathon today - his first marathon and raising much needed funds for Stepping Stones DS.

He's so close to his £2000 target, this money could go towards Outreach visits for 4 children for a year or 100 therapeutic horse riding sessions!

If you'd like to help David reach his target and support Stepping Stones DS please click the link below.

Thank you again David, and we hope you're putting your feet up tonight.

uk.virginmoneygiving.com/davidlove_steppingstonesds
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2 months ago

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TRAINING; places still available

SEXUALITY & RELATIONSHIPS (including TRANSITION to Y7)

KS2 and beyond
9th May 09:30 - 14:30
Delivered by Vik Ralfs

This session is broken in to 3 sections which look at;

‘Philosophy, Permission and Practice’
*How we, as educators and families, approach supporting children and young people with DS to be as independent as possible
*How adult support can be most effective in schools; working together as teams and with families

‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’
*The Need to be NEEDED; our children doing more for themselves and for others and how this can look in school
*Getting to Secondary and Being There Happily; on transition and Years 7 & 8: tools and tips

‘SRE’
*How this curriculum is core for Year 5 onwards: enabling our children to connect and communicate.

Courses are charged at £15 per member and £25 per non-member. Training sessions will take place in Fleet, however the exact venue depends on the number of delegates attending and will be confirmed nearer the time.
Email training@steppingstonesds.co.uk to reserve a place. Please also feel free to share this information with anyone who may be interested in coming along, places are not just restricted to members.
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2 months ago

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This week we've been sharing photos, blogs, posts and videos from and featuring our members. Today's video features Austin.

DS. The BIG Picture
DS the BIGGER Picture, a short series of videos. Growing up - Austin.

#wdsd19 #leavenoonebehind #lotsofsocks #WDSD #WorldDownsSyndromeDay #trisomy21 #DownsSyndromeAwareness #ExtraChromosome #LosetheLabel #MorethanMedical #PADSG @Dsi Campaign Down's Syndrome Association Lose the Label Michelle Pattinson
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