Training

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 and Development

Stepping Stones 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. Although we are lucky to work with some of the world’s leading speakers and trainers we heavily subsidise the training workshops to make them accessible to all.

How to Book

Places can be booked by emailing training@steppingstonesds.co.uk  Please let us know the course titles, how many places you would like to book, your contact details and how you would like to pay. Payment can be made on the day, via BACS or we can issue an invoice. If an invoice is required, please do let us know.

Venue: Sentinel House, Harvest Crescent, Fleet, GU51 2UZ
Timings: 0930-1430
Cost: £15 members, £25 non-members unless stated otherwise.

Please note – we provide tea/coffee but do not provide lunch so packed lunches will be required.

Upcoming Training

Date Topic Age Group Provider
5th October We’re all in this Together Primary Symbol
13th October Promoting the development of pre-school children with Down syndrome (Birth to school age) 0-5 Let’s Go
17th November Developing literacy skills for school age children with Down syndrome Primary Let’s Go
2nd February Developing numeracy skills for school age children with Down syndrome Primary Let’s Go
tbc A day discussing dual diagnosis – DS and Autism All Symbol – please email to express interest

We’re all in this together – Symbol UK

A day for families and professionals supporting children with Down syndrome up to the age of 11, on understanding our children’s communication profile, supporting them to develop their speech, language and communication skills at home, school and other environments, and enabling them to ‘tell it like it is’!

Promoting the development of pre-school children with Down syndrome (Birth to school age)

This comprehensive day will review the learning strengths and areas of difficulty associated with having Down syndrome as well as the evidence to support successful interventions and learning techniques. It provides three in-depth workshop sessions; promoting speech, language and communication skills from the beginning; supporting cognitive development and encouraging play skills; and encouraging positive social skills and managing challenging behaviour. The day provides practical ideas and activities to promote development both at home and in the pre-school setting.

Developing literacy skills for school age children with Down syndrome

This informative day covers what we know about literacy in children with Down syndrome and how best to support reading development. It 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, it looks 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.

Developing numeracy skills for school age children with Down syndrome

This practical training day includes the development of numeracy skills in children with Down syndrome and reviews the profile of strengths and difficulties in relation to numeracy. It covers strategies and activities to develop and review number skills as well as the functional use of number skills in everyday activities. The day will review Numicon which is designed to develop the understanding of number ideas and number relationships that are essential for success in maths as well as setting and measuring appropriate targets.

You can sign up to our Training Distribution List here

Booking Details and FAQs

Who can come?

All courses are open to parents/ carers and professionals

Can I bring my child?

Unfortunately we are not able to accommodate children at our training courses.

What time do the courses start/end?

  • Weekday Courses – 9.30am – 2.30pm
  • Saturday Workshop – 10.00am – 4.30 pm (TBC)
  • Evening Makton Courses – 6.30pm – 9.30pm
  • Weekend Makaton Courses – 10.00am – 4.00pm

How do we book?

Bookings should be sent to training@steppingstonesds.co.uk and payment can be made on the day or invoices can be issued. Please note that Stepping Stones DS is run by volunteers so we will respond to emails as soon as we can.