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 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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3 days ago

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On Monday we were delighted to be invited to provide some speakers at the Down's Syndrome Association's "Tell it Right, Start it Right" training for midwives and related health professionals. The objective was to give attendees up to date, accurate and balanced information about living with Down Syndrome. Read more about the training here www.downs-syndrome.org.uk/a…/training/tell-it-right/

Three members Joanna (Mum to Grace, 12), Sarah (mum to Zoe, 9) and Kathleen (20) spoke with honesty and openness about their journeys with Down Syndrome, from birth and diagnosis, to the present day which in Kathleen's case, included walking the catwalk at London Fashion Week!

It is so important that parents have access to honest, real life stories at the point of diagnosis and we are grateful to our members for giving up their time to support this training initiative.

Additionally we publish a booklet called "Our Stories" which is available in medical practices and hospitals across our catchment area. You can access it online here tinyurl.com/SSDSOurStories

If you would like us to provide speakers at an event and/or copies of Our Stories please message us or email enquiries@steppingstonesds.co.uk.
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4 days ago

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Down Syndrome Specific Workshop; Speech and Communication Skills (0-5 years) - Tuesday 27th September 18:30-20:30 BOOK NOW

This training session, delivered by Becky Baxter (Speech & Language Therapist) of LETS Go UK, covers the speech profile of children with Down syndrome and how to promote speech development in the early years.

The session will discuss why children with Down syndrome have difficulties with speech development and the underlying areas of difficulty. We will also discuss the importance of starting speech work early and continuing to target through to school, starting with the importance of early listening and discrimination skills.

Becky will cover practical activities to promote early speech skills, target clearer words and their use in connected speech as well as the use of sound cards.

Training will take place in Fleet, Hampshire. We welcome members and non-members so please SHARE this post.

Prices are;

Parent Price for SSDS Members; Twilight £8
School/Nursery Staff Price for those supporting SSDS Members: Twilight £10
Non-Member Price; Twilight £15

For all of our courses, please book your places using the following link: forms.gle/iavTuqkcvLE6vTj38

For full details of all of this year's training sessions please see our brochure; online.fliphtml5.com/crlrg/hvfp/
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1 week ago

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Wow - what an amazing response to our plea for chairs! We have already been given enough for our Therapy Groups - thank you so much! 💙💕We had some very kind offers of donations to pay for new chairs too - if anyone would like to donate to the cost of our groups instead that would be amazing; uk.virginmoneygiving.com/donation-web/charity?charityId=1000845&stop_mobi=yes

THANK YOU! 😊STATUS UPDATE; Wow - what an amazing response to our plea for chairs! We have already been given enough for our Therapy Groups - thank you so much! 💙💕We had some very kind offers of donations to pay for new chairs too - if anyone would like to donate to the cost of our groups instead that would be amazing; uk.virginmoneygiving.com/donation-web/charity?charityId=1000845&stop_mobi=yes&fbclid=IwAR20Y8KQvV...

THANK YOU! 😊

Do you have an unwanted chair like this to donate to Stepping Stones DS?

Every month, we provide Therapy Groups for our members aged 6 months to school age. The groups are delivered by Becky Baxter of LETS Go UK and focus on early development, then developing appropriate communication and speech and language skills. Our little ones often need to work at a table, but can sometime struggle with a standard chair. We are looking for donations of several Tripp Trapp style chairs like these – they are adjustable and perfect for being able to seat children at a table. Do you, or anyone you know, have one you could spare us? If so, please email enquiries@steppingstonesds.co.uk

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1 week ago

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STATUS UPDATE; Wow - what an amazing response to our plea for chairs! We have already been given enough for our Therapy Groups - thank you so much! 💙💕We had some very kind offers of donations to pay for new chairs too - if anyone would like to donate to the cost of our groups instead that would be amazing; uk.virginmoneygiving.com/donation-web/charity?charityId=1000845&stop_mobi=yes&fbclid=IwAR20Y8KQvV...

THANK YOU! 😊

Do you have an unwanted chair like this to donate to Stepping Stones DS?

Every month, we provide Therapy Groups for our members aged 6 months to school age. The groups are delivered by Becky Baxter of LETS Go UK and focus on early development, then developing appropriate communication and speech and language skills. Our little ones often need to work at a table, but can sometime struggle with a standard chair. We are looking for donations of several Tripp Trapp style chairs like these – they are adjustable and perfect for being able to seat children at a table. Do you, or anyone you know, have one you could spare us? If so, please email enquiries@steppingstonesds.co.uk

Thank you
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2 months ago

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As is customary Stepping Stones DS is closing for the summer to enable our trustees to take a well deserved break with their families. We will continue to check emails sporadically and will be back in the office the first week of September.

We would like to take this opportunity of wishing you and your families a happy holiday.
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2 months ago

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A massive thank you to Patrick, Tony and everyone at T & P Equestrian for raising an amazing £2078.05 at this weekend's Russel Pearson Memorial Show. This is a fantastic achievement and along with the money raised at last year's show means that T&P have now raised nearly £4600 for Stepping Stones DS. We are immensely grateful for the support, as our extensive programme of support, activities and training is paid for entirely through donations and fundraising such as this. ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

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A huge thank you to Court Moor School who invited Sarah, our Chair, to join their Celebration Assembly this morning so she could personally thank the students for their fundraising. Over the past year they have raised £2698 for Stepping Stones DS through a variety of events including World Down Syndrome Day mufti, a sponsored 21min 3 second run (shown here), cake sale and art exhibition and sale. A special mention to Assistant Head, Mr Bolton, who took on the Three Peaks and raised £1100. ... See MoreSee Less

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