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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Due to the Covid-19 coronavirus, Stepping Stones DS activities have been changed, cancelled or postponed. Please call the office on 01252 417014 or email enquiries@steppingstonesds.co.uk for more information. Thank you.

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Get behind Stepping Stones DS in these challenging times and support our Virtual Marathon as part of the #twopointsixchallenge! We are hoping to raise £5,000 to help fund our services which include speech and language therapy, sporting and social groups.

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1 week ago

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UPDATE: BOOKINGS NOW CLOSED - COURSE FULL.

ONLINE TRAINING: "SCHOOL STARTERS: AN INTRODUCTION TO DOWN SYNDROME"
Delivered by Becky Baxter and Sarah Holton of LETS Go UK

Course available from Mon 6th July

This course will be a chance for staff who are new to working with a child with Down Syndrome to forward plan for September and think about how the team around the child can all work together. It is also a great refresher for those already supporting pupils with Down syndrome, as well as parents.

The training course will cover an introduction to the learning profile of children with Down syndrome including their speech and language difficulties as well as 3 in-depth workshops:

• Developing literacy skills
• Developing number skills
• Differentiating the curriculum to meet the needs of children with Down syndrome.

The online training has been broken down in to 4 videos (approx. 45-60 minutes each) for people to watch whenever best suits them within a limited 2-week duration. Delegates will be supplied with the links to access the 4 private videos via YouTube. They will also be supplied with handouts, work sheets and instructions on how to submit any questions.

In addition, delegates are invited to join a live online Q&A session via Zoom with Becky Baxter. She will answer questions that you submit after watching the videos and completing the set tasks. If there is time, you may also be able to raise further questions during the live sessions. Joining the Q&A session is not compulsory but is highly recommended. The Q&A session will be recorded and made available to view online for a limited period after the event.

The timescales for the training are as follows:

• Monday 6th July – all 4 videos will be made available to view online. Worksheets and handouts will also be circulated.
• Sunday 12th July - completed worksheets and questions must be submitted by 9pm to LETS Go! in preparation for a live Q&A session.
• Wednesday 15th July from 7-8pm – a live Q&A session will take place via Zoom.
• Thursday 16th July – a video of the Q&A session will be available to view online
• Monday 20th July – the 4 training videos and the recording of the Q&A session will be removed and no longer available to view.

To access the videos, you will need to supply an email address which is assigned to your YouTube account. Links to the videos will be sent to the email address you supply for each delegate and cannot be shared with any other user so it is imperative that you register the person who will be accessing the training.

We have already run an online training session this term which looked at Behaviour (0-7 years); the feedback on the new format was very positive with comments such as “Fantastic course", “Thank you again, it was all very helpful and I’m pleased to have done the course as planned. In fact doing it remotely gave me more time to go over it all and digest the information.”

Bookings for this online training programme are charged at:
• £15 per delegate for parents of SSDS members
• £25 per delegate for school/nursery staff supporting SSDS members
• £30 per delegate for all other bookings

If you would like to access this training we kindly ask that you complete the following booking form; forms.gle/dQwpCfV4D6Cs1ysW9. You will be sent a booking confirmation email by Stepping Stones DS once your form has been received.

If you have any questions, please email training@steppingstonesds.co.uk

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2 weeks ago

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Thank you to LETS Go UK for delivering an online training session for Stepping Stones DS members earlier this month looking at Behaviour.

We still have spaces on our next training session "An Introduction To Down Syndrome - School Starters" which is also being delivered online by Becky Baxter. If you would like to book please use the following link; forms.gle/dQwpCfV4D6Cs1ysW9

This course is charged at £15 for SSDS parents, £25 for staff supporting SSDS members and £30 for all other bookings.

For full details please see our original facebook post: www.facebook.com/steppingstonesds/posts/3649488908400181?__tn__=K-R
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3 weeks ago

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UPDATE: BOOKINGS NOW CLOSED - COURSE FULL.

"School Starters; An Introduction To Down Syndrome” - Course Starts on Mon 6th July

This course will be a chance for staff who are new to working with a child with Down Syndrome to forward plan for September and think about how the team around the child can all work together. It is also a great refresher for those already supporting pupils with Down syndrome, as well as parents. The training course will cover an introduction to the learning profile of children with Down syndrome including their speech and language difficulties as well as 3 in-depth workshops:

• Developing literacy skills
• Developing number skills
• Differentiating the curriculum to meet the needs of children with Down syndrome.

The online training has been broken down in to 4 videos (approx. 45-60 minutes each) for people to watch whenever best suits them within a limited 2-week duration. Delegates will be supplied with the links to access the 4 private videos via YouTube. They will also be supplied with handouts, work sheets and instructions on how to submit any questions.

In addition, delegates are invited to join a live online Q&A session via Zoom with Becky Baxter. She will answer questions that you submit after watching the videos and completing the set tasks. If there is time, you may also be able to raise further questions during the live sessions. Joining the Q&A session is not compulsory but is highly recommended. The Q&A session will be recorded and made available to view online for a limited period after the event.

The timescales for the training are as follows:

• Monday 6th July – all 4 videos will be made available to view online. Worksheets and handouts will also be circulated.
• Sunday 12th July - completed worksheets and questions must be submitted by 9pm to LETS Go! in preparation for a live Q&A session.
• Wednesday 15th July from 7-8pm – a live Q&A session will take place via Zoom.
• Thursday 16th July – a video of the Q&A session will be available to view online
• Monday 20th July – the 4 training videos and the recording of the Q&A session will be removed and no longer available to view.

To access the videos, you will need to supply an email address which is assigned to your YouTube account. Links to the videos will be sent to the email address you supply for each delegate and cannot be shared with any other user so it is imperative that you register the person who will be accessing the training.

We have already run an online training session this term which looked at Behaviour (0-7 years); the feedback on the new format was very positive with comments such as “Fantastic course", “Thank you again, it was all very helpful and I’m pleased to have done the course as planned. In fact doing it remotely gave me more time to go over it all and digest the information.”

Bookings for this online training programme are charged at:
• £15 per delegate for parents of SSDS members
• £25 per delegate for school/nursery staff supporting SSDS members
• £30 per delegate for all other bookings

If you would like to access this training we kindly ask that you complete the following booking form; forms.gle/dQwpCfV4D6Cs1ysW9. You will be sent a booking confirmation email by Stepping Stones DS once your form has been received.

If you have any questions, please email training@steppingstonesds.co.uk
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3 weeks ago

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Thanks to everyone who took part in our quiz night last night. The winners were Rockin' the Lockin - fantastic job! Close second were the Peelers.

Everyone did really well. If you want to check your answers, here they are.

And, we raised a fantastic £400 towards our lock-down services. Thank you 💙
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3 weeks ago

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Less than an hour to go until Quiz time. Grab a pen and paper, snacks and a drink and join us for our Live Online Quiz here on Facebook at 8pm. We are loving the team names so far. Good luck everyone 🤞 ... See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

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Only a few hours until tonight’s Live Online Charity Quiz! Thanks to those of you who have already donated and sent in your team names 😊 ... See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

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Join the Overton Black Arrows in their 252 challenge who have chosen us as the charity to benefit from today’s event. Our Chair Josh has dropped down to take part as well.

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