Stepping Stones DS offers a range of subsidised training courses for parents and professionals

Our courses aim to support those who work with children with Down Syndrome as well as parents and families. We try to promote a team approach to education and often see parents and professionals attending training alongside one another.

Training Programme 2019/20

Stepping Stones DS organises a range of training workshops that help to open doors for our children and young people. We view this training as an investment in their future through sharing knowledge, information and support. Our workshops are open to families, schools, medical professionals and anyone with a desire to learn more about Down syndrome. We are lucky to work with some of the world’s leading speakers and trainers and we heavily subsidise the training workshops to make them accessible to all.

Training Dates

The training dates and times for this year’s sessions are as follows:

Autumn Term 2019

Date Time Topic Provider
Tuesday 24th September 18:30–20:30 Speech and Communication Skills (Pre-School Twilight Course: Part 1) Becky Baxter of LETS Go!
Thursday 3rd October 09:30–14:30 Self – Esteem & Inclusion Vik Ralfs
Friday 18th October 09:30–14:30 Moving to Adulthood Julian Hallett of Down’s Syndrome Association
Thursday 7th November 09:30–14:30 Continence Davina Richardson of Bowel & Bladder UK
Thursday 14th November 09:30–14:30 Early Number Skills in Pupils with Down Syndrome Erica Ranzato of Happy Minds
Tuesday 19th November 18:30-20:30 Language & Reading (Pre-School Twilight Course: Part 2) Becky Baxter of LETS Go!
Thursday 28th November 09:30-14:30 Advanced and Functional Mathematics For Pupils with Down Syndrome Erica Ranzato of Happy Minds

Spring Term 2020

Date Time Topic Provider
Friday 17th January 09:30-12:30 Transition to Secondary School Becky Baxter of LETS Go!
Friday 7th February 09:30-14:30 Behaviour: Key Stage 2 and Beyond Vik Ralfs
Tuesday 11th February 18:30-20:30 Play, Cognition and Fine Motor Skills (Pre-School Twilight Course: Part 3) Sarah Holton of LETS Go!
Friday 28th February 09:30–14:30 Developing Literacy Skills for School Aged Pupils with Down Syndrome Dr Kelly Burgoyne of LETS Go!
Thursday 26th March 09:30–14:30 Communication Beyond Speech Leela Baksi of Symbol UK

Summer Term 2020

Date Time Topic Provider
Thursday 23rd April 09:30-14:30 Sensory Processing Leela Baksi of Symbol UK
Friday 1st May 09:30-14:30 Behaviour (Age 0-7) Becky Baxter of LETS Go!
Thursday 7th May 09:30-14:30 RSE: Relationships & Sex Education: KS2 and beyond Vik Ralfs
Tuesday 12th May 18:30-20:30 Developing Early Numeracy Skills (Pre-School Twilight Course: Part 4) Sarah Holton of LETS Go!
Friday 26th June 09:30-14:30 School Starters: An Introduction to Down Syndrome Becky Baxter of LETS Go!

We have had several enquiries about sign language training.  Although Stepping Stones DS is not running courses next year we thought you might be interesting in contacting the following organisations:

Sign In School

The Makaton Charity

Course Overviews

We are delighted to share with you our Training Programme for the 2019/20 academic year.  The full training brochure bellow is for your reference, it details the course topics, dates and an overview for each of the trainers.  We are really excited about the broad range of topics and feel that we are offering something for all of our members.

Booking Information

Information on the cost of our courses, the venue and how to book:

Training Costs

Our training costs per person, per session are as follows:

Course Duration Parent Price for SSDS Members School/Nursery Staff Price for those supporting SSDS Members Non-Member Price
Full Day £15 £25 £30
Half Day £10 £15 £20
Twilight £8 £10 £15

Payment can be made on the day, via BACS or we can issue an invoice.


Training sessions will take place at Stepping Stones DS, Sentinel House, Ancells Business Park, Harvest Crescent, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 2UZ.

How to book

For all of our courses, please book your place using the following link BOOK HERE.  Please note; as places are limited, the submission of our online form does not guarantee your booking.  An email will be sent to you to confirm your booking and provide full details of your reservation.

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