Current Training and Courses

The following training is currently available and is appropriate for both parents and professionals:

  • Including Children with Down Syndrome - An Introduction
  • Reading, Language Intervention for Children with Down Syndrome
  • Signing and Children with Down syndrome
  • Using Visual Resources to Develop Language Skills in Children with Down Syndrome 
  • Teaching Numeracy to Children with Down Syndrome using the Numicon Approach
  • The Inclusion of Children with Down Syndrome - Expectations of Behaviour
  • What time is it? Teaching children with Down Syndrome and other Learning Disabilities how to tell the time 
  • Sexuality Relations Education (SRE) and Children with Down Syndrome
  • Clicker 6
  • Toilet Training for all Ages
  • In School Training for Pupils and Teachers.
  • Train The Trainers Day

Also see our  Autumn/Winter 2017 Training Booklet

Booking forms can be found below each course description and will open as word documents. If you find a link is not working please contact the office to book on a course - or 01274 561308. Feedback from last years sessions and groups has been very positive. To view some of our evaluations, click on the following link to our progress report.

Including children with Down syndrome - An introduction

Wednesday 27th September 2017,

9:00am to 1:00pm

This session will introduce Down syndrome to people who have little experience of working with children with Down syndrome and cover society's view of Down syndrome, health implications, strengths and weaknesses in the classroom and outline ways to address the specific learning needs and manage behaviours of children with Down syndrome.

COST:£80 per professional (£20 for a second person from the same school)/£20 per family member.

Booking form

Signing and Children with Down syndrome

This course is over two mornings:

Friday 1st December and Friday 8th December 2017,

9:30am to 11.30am 

Session 1 (2 hours) will cover why we use signing with children with Down syndrome and the signs for manners, animals, food, family and other people, and the alphabet.

Session 2 (2 hours) will cover signs for the home, school day, colours, descriptions, time/days, questions and connective/link words. Followed by a discussion on how behaviour can be addressed through introducing signing.

Both sessions will include practice of useful phrases and familiar children's songs.

A book "Signing and Down syndrome" covering the signs in this course is available for £7.
Booking form

Teaching basic numeracy to children with Down syndrome and other learning difficulties using the Numicon approach. Numbers up to 10

Wednesday 18th October 2017,

9:30am to 12:30pm

The morning will cover how we learn to count, the challenges and basic number skills up to 10. It will introduce the Numicon Foundation Kit and include practical activities and suggestions to promote numeracy. It is relevant for staff and parents working with children aged birth upwards who are still working with numbers up to 10.

COST: £60 per professional (£15 for second person from same school)/£15 per family member. 

A memory stick of resources is available for £7.
Booking form

Using visual resources to develop the language and communication skills of children with Down syndrome

Wednesday 1st November,

9:30am to 3:00pm

The day will cover why the written word is used as a visual tool to develop language skills. Methods to develop clarity of speech, grammar, vocabulary, and lengthen sentence utterance will be discussed and illustrated.

It will also detail visual timetables, conversation diaries and ideas to develop reading, writing and spelling skills.

After lunch there will be a software demonstration of Clicker 6/7 and details on the Reading Language Intervention programme.

COST: £95 per professional (£30 for second person from same school)/£30 per family member.

Lunch included in price.
Booking form


The inclusive of children with Down syndrome- expectation of behaviour

Wednesday 8th November 2017,

 9:30am to 2:30pm.

 By considering the learning profile of a child with Down syndrome and looking at areas of need this course will aim to address areas where difficult behaviours may develop. It will look at expectations, appropriate behaviour, including self help skills and go on to outline strategies by focusing on wanted behaviour.

COST: £85 per professional (£25 for a second person from the same organisation) £25 per family member. Lunch included in price. form

Reading, Language Intervention for children with Down syndrome

This course is over two mornings

Wednesday 15th and 22nd November 2017,

9:30am to 12:30pm

The RLI programme detailed in a teacher's handbook and DVD developed and produced by Down Syndrome Education International, provides a systematic structured approach via daily activities that can be finely adapted to each child. The training days will cover the theory behind the programme, how to assess a child to find a starting point, how to monitor and record progress and how to deliver the daily intervention with examples from, and reference to, the teacher's handbook and DVD.

The RLI programme comprises of two strands of intervention; a reading strand and a language strand. The aim of the RLI programme is to:
  • Improve spoken language and literacy skills of children with Down syndrome.
  • Improves teaching practice and support educators.
COST: £120 per professional (£40 for second person from same school)/£30 per parent for both days inclusive
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ME, my body, my friends, my life

This course is over two days

Wednesday 29th November and 6th December 2017,

9:30am to 4:00pm

This course will cover: How important SRE is for young people with learning disabilities. Names for body parts, privacy. Puberty for girls, puberty for boys, Feelings, personal hygiene, self help skills. Touching, hugging, affection and friendships. Safety in the community, Assertiveness, abuse prevention strategies and how do we become our own protector.

The signs for this topic are also covered and now available in a book - SRE and Down syndrome cost £6

Memory stick of resources and activities available to buy at a cost of £7.

COST: £60 per professional (£30.00 for a second person from the same school)/FREE for parents. Includes folder of handouts.

Refreshments provided, bring along own lunch
Booking form

Clicker 6

This course is over 2 mornings

Wednesday 10th & 24th January 2018,

9:30am to 12:30pm

The training will introduce Clicker 6 and demonstrate its many features. It will include activities to help you create word banks, sentence building grids, talking books and picture/word/sound matching activities. Clicker 7 differences will also be detailed.Places will be limited to 10.We do have limited access to Clicker 6 at the Centre, however if you already have Clicker 6 loaded on a laptop we encourage you to bring it along. Please let us know when you book whether you are able to bring a laptop*.COST:£80 per professional (£20 for a second person from the same school)/£20 per parent.
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In school training for pupils and teachers. - Tailored inset training is available, please contact the office for details.

School Assemblies: 

(1/2 hour) Introduction to Down syndrome for primary schools. Introduction to Down syndrome for secondary schools. Either session will cover what Down syndrome is and what it means to have Down syndrome with time for questions and answers.     To book inset or Assemblies, please contact the office - 01274 561308

Wendy Uttley or Wendy Rhodes

Tel: 01274 561308

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