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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6 days ago

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GET TO KNOW STEPPING STONES DS - Friday 29th November

We are delighted to invite members, associated professionals, friends, supporters and the wider community to our Stepping Stones DS “Get to Know Us” Event on Friday 29th November 2019 in Farnborough. This is an opportunity to learn about and celebrate the services and support that Stepping Stones DS provides.

This event will also include guest speakers Kathleen Humberstone, Becky Baxter (Speech & Language Therapist) of LETS Go UK and our chair, Sarah Sutton.

A light lunch will be served. Please RSVP by 8th November 2019

To book places on the event please use the following link; forms.gle/rwXLNx5rR7TAC5nx6

Please share this invite with anyone who may be interested, everyone is very welcome.
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2 weeks ago

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CONTINENCE IN CHILDREN WITH ADDITIONAL NEEDS

Places are still available on our information day delivered by Bladder & Bowel UK which takes place on Thursday 7th November in Fleet.

Email training@steppingstonesds.co.uk to book or use the following link; forms.gle/4pzbmyHcF6dehnSf7

Please share as everyone is welcome, prices are;

Members; £15
School/nursery staff supporting our members; £25
Non-members; £30CONTINENCE IN CHILDREN WITH ADDITIONAL NEEDS
Thursday 7th November 2019 - Bladder & Bowel UK

We still have places available on our information day which will take place in Fleet, Hampshire.

Davina Richardson, a Specialist Children's Nurse, will look at bowel & bladder health, constipation, toilet training, bladder problems including day & night wetting and available resources. There will also be time for attendees to ask Davina questions.

Members and non-members are welcome so please feel free to share.

Prices are;
Members; £15
School/Nursery staff supporting our members; £25
Non-members; £30

Please book your place using the following link; forms.gle/4GjkB3VbVeaVpFuU8
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2 weeks ago

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SURVEY OF THE EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES OF CHILDREN WITH DOWN SYNDROME CURRENTLY IN UK SCHOOLS

The University of Manchester & LETS Go UK (who provide our Therapy Groups, School Outreach and Training) are conducting an online survey looking at the educational experiences of children with Down syndrome.

They are looking for parents/carers and educators (teachers, TAs, SENCos) who have or are currently working with a child with Down syndrome in any UK school setting (Year R-Year 11)

Can you help? If so, take part by clicking on the link; link j.mp/2WSro9l

Please share this post with anyone who would be interested.

Thank youSURVEY 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; link j.mp/2WSro9l

Please share this post with anyone who would be interested.

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2 weeks ago

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It's great to see such lovely work and inclusion taking place during one of the LETS Go UK School Outreach Support visits which Stepping Stones funds. Also, a great top tip on differentiating recording when children are learning to write.

Well done to this school and young lady!
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3 weeks ago

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Places still available; NUMERACY TRAINING TO SUPPORT PUPILS WITH DOWN SYNDROME - for parents, school staff & other related professionals

We are running 2 training sessions in November focusing on Numeracy. The sessions are being delivered by Erica Ranzato of Happy Mind Training

On, Thursday 14th November the session will cover Early Number Skills in Pupils with Down Syndrome.

The aim of this workshop is to provide information about how to support the development of early number abilities of children with Down syndrome. The session includes advice and practical strategies to support early mathematical learning by using a range of different concrete resources - e.g. dot patterns, Cuisenaire rods and Numicon.

The session will cover the following topics:
*Counting
*Understanding the concept of quantity and the connection between quantities and numbers
*Addition and subtraction with numbers up to 20
*Introduction to multiplication and division
*Introduction to place value system

On Thursday 28th November the session will focus on Advanced and Functional Mathematics For Pupils with Down Syndrome

The aim of this workshop is to provide information about how to support the development of advanced mathematical skills of children with Down syndrome and how to promote mathematical thinking and transferable skills to everyday situations. During the session, we will share practical strategies and use different concrete resources and tools - e.g. flowcharts, visual tools and Dienes blocks.

The session will cover the following topics:
*Place value system
*Addition and subtraction with big numbers
*How to learn timetables
*Multiplication with big numbers

Members and non-members are welcome so please feel free to share this information

Prices per session, per delegate are:
Members; £15
Schools supporting members; £25
Non-members: £30

To book please use the following link; forms.gle/WAj4XAokELxeZUS69

Training will take place in Fleet, Hampshire
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3 weeks ago

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We are delighted to invite members, associated professionals, friends, supporters and the wider community to our Stepping Stones DS “Get to Know Us” Event on Friday 29th November 2019 in Farnborough.

This event will also include guest speakers Kathleen Humberstone, Becky Baxter (Speech & Language Therapist) of LETS Go UK and our chair, Sarah Sutton.

A light lunch will be served.

To book places on the event please use the following link; forms.gle/rwXLNx5rR7TAC5nx6

Please share this invite with anyone who may be interested, everyone is very welcome.
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3 weeks ago

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Earlier this year, Michael Rackstraw signed up for the Basingstoke Half Marathon to raise funds for Stepping Stones DS. Mike only started running in January 2019, just 9 months before the half marathon.

Mike raised over £500 through sponsorship, which grew to over £600 with Gift Aid. That amount of money is enough to cover the cost of 4 termly school outreach visits for one of our members! We currently provide school support for 42 pupils.

Unfortunately Mike was unable to finish the race due to an ongoing injury. He trained so hard for the race and has decided to complete a 10k run later this year/early next year to make up for the distance he didn't complete.

We are so grateful for your hard work Mike and to those who supported you. It costs £10,000 a month for Stepping Stones DS to provide our wide range of activities & services - vital fundraising like yours makes a real difference to the families we support. Thank you!
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