About Down's Syndrome : Online training and events

We are very pleased to be able to offer a range of online training, adapted from our regular training offering, covering a range of subjects.


DSA update: Going forward


16 April 2021 | 10.30 – 11.00am

Each week the DSA will provide an update on key issues relating to people who have Down’s syndrome, their parents, carers and supporters via Zoom. We will be talking about what’s new and what’s next in regards to COVID-19 and living safely as we get back out there.

This update is for people who have Down’s syndrome of all ages and for parents, carers and practitioners.

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Well-being Wednesday for Parents/Carers


Wednesday 14 April 2021 | 10.30am – 11.30am

Finding the time to recharge the batteries can be difficult and so these new FREE fortnightly sessions will offer an opportunity to unwind and relax in a friendly and non-judgmental group with people who understand.

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Parent/Carer Meeting: Down’s Syndrome with Complex Needs including Autism Spectrum Condition


Thursday 15 April 2021 | 10.30am – 12.00pm

Our parent meetings enable parents and specialists to share information and experiences and to guide DSA work.

In this meeting, we will focus on the phenomenon of regression and the possible loss or change in learning, skills, and behaviour and why this might happen.

There will also be plenty of time for questions and general discussion in a small and friendly group.

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Secondary Education


20 April 2021 | 9.30 – 11.00 am | £10.00

This 90-minute online training session for education practitioners and parents explains how to support learners who have Down’s syndrome from 11 to 16 years of age in secondary education settings.

It will include recommendations for social inclusion and curriculum access, speech, language and communication and social development.

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Tell It Right – what is it all about?


21 April 2021 | 11.00 am – 12.00 pm

Join us for a free 1-hour webinar when we will outline what a Tell it Right® session involves, share information on how we work to improve the quality of information about Down’s syndrome that is provided in NHS and other settings and ensure the lived experience of individuals who have Down’s syndrome and their families is included

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Sharing Positive Support Online Session


Thursday 22 April 2021 | 10.30am – 12.00pm.

These fortnightly sessions offer the opportunity to explore behaviour in children and adults who have Down’s syndrome.

The sessions are structured around a participant sharing a case study and the group exploring the behaviour using a positive behavioural support model. Each session will be facilitated, with a focus on collaboration and sharing rather than an ‘ask the expert’ format.

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WorkFit Online Event


22 April 2021 | 4.00 – 5.00 pm

The WorkFit team is hosting an online event for our WorkFit candidates, families, supporters, and also some WorkFit employers, to have a discussion about the WorkFit programme and to hear from some of our members about their experiences. Everyone is welcome

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Down’s syndrome, ageing and dementia 


29 April 2021 | 10.00 – 11.30am | £10.00

A 90 minute webinar for families and health and social care staff involved in assessing and providing for the care needs of adults with Down’s syndrome who have a diagnosis of dementia or work in services where they may attend.

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Supporting Behaviour Positively: For everybody 13 years of age and over


29 April 2021 | 10.30 am – 12.00 pm | £10.00

This webinar will cover how we look to support behaviour positively for young people who have Down’s syndrome aged 13 and over. We begin by looking at what we mean by (problem) behaviour before exploring a model for change. We will discuss the importance of proactive strategies in preventing the behaviour from occurring as well as some strategies in how to respond.

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Supporting Early Development: From Birth to 4 years


22 June 2021 | 9.30 – 11.00 am | £10.00

This 90-minute online workshop for parents and practitioners provides information about how to promote infant development through interaction, play and early learning activities, including learning strengths, speech, language and communication and education.

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Secondary Education


19 October 2021 | 9.30 – 11.00 am | £10.00

This 90-minute online training session for education practitioners and parents explains how to support learners who have Down’s syndrome from 11 to 16 years of age in secondary education settings.

It will include recommendations for social inclusion and curriculum access, speech, language and communication and social development.

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Coming Soon

New dates for our online training events will be added here in the new year for the following sessions:

  • Supporting behaviour positively for young people from 11 to 18 years
  • Planning for a good life
  • Guest researcher webinars
  • And more…

Supporting Behaviour Positively: Children 3 to 11 years


New dates coming soon.

This 90-minute online training workshop for practitioners and parents outlines how to support social development and positive behaviour from early childhood to the end of primary school. It provides guidance on how to analyse, plan and use positive strategies to support behaviour in school and at home.


Early Years and Primary Education 


This 90-minute online training session for education practitioners and parents explains how to support learners who have Down’s syndrome from 4 to 11 years of age in education settings.

It will include recommendations for social inclusion and curriculum access, speech, language and communication and social development.


Puberty and Adolescence 


New dates coming soon.

This online training is suitable for parents, carers and practitioners supporting young people who have Down’s syndrome through puberty. The training will cover body changes, hormones, privacy, boundaries, and consent. We will also be looking at accessible resources to support understanding around growing up.


Supporting Adults who have Down’s Syndrome


New dates coming soon.

A webinar for all those with an interest in supporting adults with Down’s syndrome. The session will look at:

  • How what we know about the learning profile of people with Down’s syndrome can help us to maximise opportunities for independence in adulthood.
  • An overview of the health needs of adults with Down’s syndrome, with strategies to address possible health inequalities they may experience.
  • Supporting decision making and maximising opportunities for independence.