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What we do

Stepping Stones DS provides a wide range of activities & services to help our children & young people with Down syndrome to

fulfil their potential .

Activities & services 

In addition to providing an opportunity for families to become part of a local support network, Stepping Stones DS provide a wide range of educational, physical and social activities and services for children and young people with Down syndrome, their families and the professionals involved in their care. 


Our activities help our children and young people to develop key skills and provide the opportunity to build friendships with their peer group.



Sensory Suite
Private group sessions in a sensory environment that offer different visual and textural experiences to stimulate the senses.

Early Development Groups
Groups led by a speech and language therapist with activities that target development stages including; communication, speech, receptive
and expressive language, number, memory, reading, play and cognition.



Dance and Drama

Performing arts to in-crease physical skills as well as confidence, self esteem and social skills.

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Building self confidence and learning to explore emotions through the medium of dance.


Improving fitness and co-ordination in a fun social active group activity.

16 Plus

Social Communications Group

This group enables our young adults to explore all aspects of social communication in a safe and inclusive environment facilitated by specialist speech language therapists.

Ad hoc activities

We arrange activities and get togethers for our older children such as bowling, socials events and theatre trips.

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Our Support Services & Training

Our activities help our children and young people to develop key skills and provide the opportunity to build friendships with their peer group.

Stay & Play


Our monthly Stay and Play is open to any Stepping Stones family member to get to know others, share knowledge and ask questions in a relaxed setting. Preschool children are welcome.


Our subsidised training courses are run by experts throughout the year for parents, carers and professionals.  For details of our upcoming courses please email


School Outreach Service

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Mainstream School Outreach

Our Mainstream Outreach Service provides schools with support and advice on including and educating a child, or young person, with Down syndrome in a mainstream classroom.

Special School Outreach
Our Special School Outreach service provides advice on the learning profile of Down syndrome as well as child-specific observation 
and recommendations to maximise learning opportunities.

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What our families say

 Thanks to Stepping Stones DS, we have and continue to enjoy incredible support ranging from crucial therapies for our son, learning opportunities for our family, enviable social activities to healthy and valuable friendships.

They are an Earth Angel. 

- Irene; Mum to Cruz aged 4

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