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Primary & Secondary Training Days

Join our dedicated training day to help support children with Down’s syndrome

Are you a teacher or training assistant supporting someone with Down’s syndrome?

Every child with Down’s syndrome in Swindon is given the opportunity to attend mainstream pre-school, primary and secondary school. The annual training day is aimed primarily at teaching staff but is also attended by parents, educational psychologists, portage workers, community nurses and speech therapists providing specific training for the education of people with Down’s syndrome.

 

Although in many ways children with Down’s syndrome are just like any other child they do have a very specific learning profile. Children with Down’s syndrome are visual learners, can have poor auditory memory skills, short term memory and many have poor gross or fine motor skills. Teachers do not want to let any child down and can worry about having a child with Down’s syndrome in their class.

 

The Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group offer dedicated training days to support educational professionals who work closely with a child or young person with Down’s syndrome. Our training days typically run in October/November each year so that the child has been in school for at least six weeks, giving the teacher a chance to get to know them and find out what they know and what they need additional support with.

 

Our training days focus on a range of topics from reading and writing through to communication skills and supporting positive behaviour.

 

We are here to support individuals with Down’s syndrome through every stage of their lives. We want to support all those involved in all aspects of supporting children and adults with Down’s syndrome. If you or your school are interested in one of our training days then please get in touch for more information – info@swindondownsgroup.org.uk

We offer training days for both pre-school and primary schools as well as secondary schools and colleges.

Pre-school & Primary 

Reading and writing 
We look at the how to overcome the difficulties children with Down’s syndrome can encounter around reading, fine motor, writing and recording skills. We will look at a range of strategies to develop them using their visual strengths.

Supporting positive behaviour during primary years
How to support social development and positive behaviour from early childhood to the end of primary school. Share practical advice on how to support friendships, play and social skills and how to support positive behaviour using learning strengths.

Supporting the communication needs of children with Down’s syndrome
An overview of communication development in children with Down’s syndrome and strategies for supporting communication in school.

Secondary & College

Supporting positive behaviour during teen years and young adulthood
How to support social development and positive behaviour through teenage years. We share practical advice on how to support friendships and social skills and how to support positive behaviour using learning strengths.

Curriculum access
We look at the learning profile typical of pupils with Down’s syndrome and explore a range of strategies that can be used to differentiate and adapt the curriculum to enable pupils to access it.

Supporting the communication needs of children with Down’s syndrome 
An overview of communication development in children with Down’s syndrome and strategies for supporting communication in school.

Need a school resource pack?

Our pre-school and school resource packs provide information and teaching aids to help schools meet the educational needs of children with Down’s syndrome.

A typical pack contains…

• A selection of useful books – ‘Teaching Reading to Children with Down’s syndrome’, ‘Supporting Children with Down’s syndrome’, ‘Luke has Down’s syndrome’ and ‘We’ll Paint the Octopus Red’.
• Down Syndrome Issues and Information – an extensive series of comprehensive educational resources.
• Pocket colour cards packs.
• Speaking for Myself Plus software – an excellent resource for teaching speaking and listening, designed for children with special educational needs.
• Numicon “at home” teaching kit.
• Downs Ed picture lotto.
• See and Learn Language and Reading First Word Pictures.
• Makaton Nursery Rhymes DVD

 

For more information please email info@swindondownsgroup.org.uk or call 01793 538335

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