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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4 days ago

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Information Days; Developing Literacy Skills for Pupils With Down Syndrome and Communication Beyond Speech

This coming half term our information days look at Literacy, as well as Communication Beyond Speech.

Dr Kelly Burgoyne of LETS Go UK will cover what is known about literacy in children with Down syndrome and how best to support reading development. The day includes practical ideas and examples for teaching literacy including examples of teaching activities, suggestions for resources, guidance on tailoring teaching to individual levels of ability and strengths/weaknesses.

In addition Kelly will look at assessing current skills, progress monitoring and ensuring continued progress as well as discussing common areas of difficulty and providing strategies for dealing with these including motivation issues, difficulties with writing, phonics and comprehension.

In March, Leela Baksi of Symbolconnect will discuss using signs, symbols, pictures and means, and personalising formats and strategies to individuals. This session will explore alternative means of communication and plan systems for individuals that you can set up and use in everyday life. Attendees are invited to bring along any communication books, apps or other resources that you would like to review and maybe revise and update.

Leela will discuss:

*What is verbal communication when it isn't speech, and why is it so important?
*What communication strategies do individuals use successfully to express themselves, where are the gaps, and what can we do about them?
*Planning signing vocabularies, communication books, using communication apps- as appropriate to the young people you are concerned with.
*How to foster use of wonderful resources in everyday life.

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

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

Non-Member Price;
Full Day £30

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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2 weeks ago

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Celebrate WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY with Stepping Stones DS - 21st March 2020

We would be hugely grateful if you could join us in celebrating World Down Syndrome Day by wearing #LotsOfSocks to raise both awareness and funds.

World Down Syndrome Day (also known as WDSD) is a global awareness initiative, spearheaded by Down Syndrome International, which has linked up with national charities across the world to develop activities and events to raise awareness and support for those living with Down syndrome. It also highlights the facts of what it’s like to have Down syndrome, and how those with Down syndrome have, and continue to play, a vital role in our communities.

The date itself has been selected for very clever reasons; it is held on the 21st day of the 3rd month, which is a nod to the uniqueness of the triplication of the 21st chromosome which leads to Down syndrome.

The campaign that fronts WDSD is #LotsOfSocks! People are encouraged to wear #LotsOfSocks socks; brightly coloured socks, long socks, printed socks, odd socks, 1 sock even 3 socks for 3 chromosomes. Why #LotsOfSocks? . . . well chromosomes under a microscope look like pairs of socks. People with Down Syndrome have an extra chromosome; in fact, they have three of the 21st chromosome rather than just a pair.

As well as wearing #LotsOfSocks, previous fundraising ideas by Stepping Stones DS supporters have included cake sales, dress down days, sponsored runs, quizzes, raffles and much more. Events have taken place in schools, nurseries, in the work place and in the wider community.

We are also selling special edition WDSD2020 badges, to raise money for Stepping Stones DS. They are £1 per badge (+ P&P). Why not order them for your family or to give friends, colleagues, classmates or clients during Down Syndrome Awareness Week (15th-21st March). To order please email enquiries@steppingstonesds.co.uk

If you would like to raise funds for us and require any additional literature or information please email enquiries@steppingstonesds.co.uk.

Don’t forget to let us know about any fundraising activities you are planning, we'd love to share these on social media. We would also love to see photographs!

As always THANK YOU for your ongoing support.
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3 weeks ago

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It’s been a busy day at Stepping Stones!

Vik Ralfs delivered an extremely interesting DS specific training session at our office looking at Behaviour in KS2 and beyond. We look forward to welcoming Vik again on 7th May when she will talk all matters RSE (relationship and sex education) - members and non members welcome so email training@steppingstonesds.co.uk for more info.

Meanwhile, a super morning was had by our pre-school members and their parents at our monthly Stay & Play Session. These sessions are informal play sessions for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. They provide a great opportunity to meet other members and their little ones.

Have a great weekend everyone 😊
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3 weeks ago

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Throughout February you can support Stepping Stones DS by popping your green tokens in the Community Matters pot at Waitrose Fleet to determine the share of £1000 we will receive.

All Stepping Stones DS activities and services are paid for through fundraising, donations and grants, do every token really does help!
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4 weeks ago

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Ready for this year's World Down Syndrome Day on 21st March we are selling these special edition WDSD2020 badges, to raise money for SSDS. They are £1 per badge (+ P&P). Why not order them for your family or to give friends, colleagues, classmates or clients during Down Syndrome Awareness Week (15th-21st March).

To order please message the page or email sarah@steppingstonesds.co.uk
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4 weeks ago

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LET'S TALK ABOUT BEHAVIOUR

On Friday 7th February Vik Ralfs will be looking at Behaviour in children and young adults with Down syndrome (KS2 and beyond).

The session will look at the reasons why inconvenient behaviours show up in our children and young people with Down syndrome. Vik will explore the pivotal nature of how we use adult support in schools and equally how we set up learning to ensure our child or young person feels immersed in their tribe.

We will look at how visuals are key and how the need to be needed is paramount to head off at the pass the behaviours that occurs when our children feel deflated and unsuccessful.

When things go wrong, we need some tools to cope and so we'll share ideas here on how this can look in children and young adults of different ages.

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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1 month ago

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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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1 month ago

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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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