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  spring summer 2018 TRAINING BOOK A5.pdf

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.

Teaching basic numeracy to children with Down syndrome and other learning difficulties using the Numicon approach, Beyond 10, time and money

Wednesday 17th January 2018, 9:30am to 3:30pm 

The morning will cover counting beyond 10, introducing two digit numbers, addition and subtraction, counting in 10s, introducing place value and look at realistic

targets for children with Down syndrome in this area. After lunch detailed

programmes developed by Wendy Uttley to teach time and money will be outlined. We will use some of the activities and resources from the programmes to illustrate how to teach these two necessary life skills. 

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

Refreshments included but please bring your own lunch.

A Memory stick of the time and money programme is available for £14.


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

Wednesday 31st January 2018, 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: £80 per professional (£20 for second person from same school)/£20 per family member. 

Refreshments included but please bring your own lunch.


Including children with Down syndrome - An introduction

Wednesday 7th February 2018,
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 FREE and refreshments provided.


Clicker 6 (7)

This course is over 2 mornings

Wednesday 7th & 14th March 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.

Refreshments provided.



Signing for children with Down syndrome

  Wednesday 28th March and Wednesday18th April 2018 , Time 9.30am to 11.30am

Session 1 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  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

COST: £80 per professional (£20 for second person from same school)

/£20 per family member for both sessions inclusive. FORM SIGNING 2018.docx

The inclusive of children with Down syndrome- expectation of behaviour

Wednesday 25th April 2018,  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: £80 per professional (£20 for a second person from the same organisation) £20 per family member. Refreshments provided but please bring own lunch. FORM BEHAVIOUR 2018.docx


FREE six week behaviour course for parents, carers and support staff of children with Down syndrome


Fridays:  2nd March, 9th March, 16th March, 23rd March,20th April, & 27th April 2018, 10am to 12pm.

The course will cover an overview of the learning profile of a child with Down syndrome looking at how difficult behaviours may develop. Parents will then be encouraged to focus on a specific behaviour they wish to modify and we will discuss methods and ideas to modify the behaviour. Support staff working with the child are welcome to come along and be involved in the session in a bid to provide a consistent approach.

Each week opportunities will be offered to discuss progress and learn from each other. Please note that this course is primarily for parents.

Creche available 10am —12pm, £10, per child, per session.


ME, my body, my friends, my life

This course is over 2 days Friday 18th and 25th May 2018, 9.30am to 4pm

How to teach children & young people with Down syndrome about their bodies, keeping safe, privacy, social boundaries and self help skills.

 The 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, friendships,.
· Safety in the community. Assertiveness. Abuse prevention strategies.
· 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

 Subsidised fees £60 per professional (£30 for a second professional from the same organisation)/ FREE for parents. This includes a folder of handouts . Memory stick of resources  & activities available to buy at a cost of £7.

Refreshments included but please bring your own lunch.

Booking Form BOOKING FORM ME,MY BODY, SRE 2018.docx


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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