About Down's Syndrome : Online training

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.


Supporting Early Development: From Birth to 4 years


10 November 2020, 10.00am to 12.00pm

This two-hour online workshop for parents and practitioners provides information about how to promote infant development through interaction, play and early learning activities.

Cost: £16

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Course details

Online registration opens 9:45 am

10:00 to 10:30am – How do children with Down’s syndrome learn?

  • Exploring a learning profile
  • Health and development
  • Social inclusion

10:30 to 11:00am – Developing language and communication skills

  • Responsive approaches to support communication
  • Language learning – an overview
  • Speech development
  • Using visual supports for language and communication
  • Introducing reading

11:00 to 11:10am – Break

11:10 to 12:00pm – How children learn through play and movement

  • Ways to support play
  • Learning early number skills
  • Q and A

Puberty and Adolescence 


11 November 2020, 10am to 12pm

This two-hour online training is for 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.

Cost: £16

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Supporting Behaviour Positively: 11 to 18 years


12 November 2020, 10am to 11.45am

This training webinar will cover how we look to support behaviour positively for young people who have Down’s syndrome aged 11 to 18 years.

We begin with a recap of the general learning profile associated with Down’s syndrome and individual needs before looking at social and emotional development. We discuss ways of changing difficult to manage behaviours and strategies used to promote behaviour change. We then look at useful resources that can support you in these areas

Cost: £16

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How far have we got in finding answers to the cognitive and functional decline experienced by adults with Down’s syndrome?


16 November 2020, 4pm to 5pm

FREE Webinar

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Shahid Zaman, consultant psychiatrist and neuroscientist with the University of Cambridge Down’s Syndrome Research Group, will give you a background to an important problem faced in adulthood by most people with Down’s syndrome and how they have been trying to understand it and find solutions.

You will hear about the nature of this, which is cognitive and functional decline that is seen in the late forties, its relation to Alzheimer’s disease, and also how they have been using modern methods and tools to study it.

Shahid will present some of the data from studies the research group has been involved in and how the results have helped them to design clinical trials aimed to prevent or treat the condition.


Supporting Behaviour positively: for children age 3 to 11 years


1 December 2020, 10.00am to 12.00pm

This two hour 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.

Cost: £16

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Course details

Online registration opens 9:45am

10:00 to 11.00am – Supporting Behaviour Positively 1

  • Learning strengths and challenges associated with Down’s syndrome
  • Deciding where to start
  • Working out what behaviour means

11:00 to 11:10am Break

11.10am to 12:00pm -Supporting Behaviour Positively 2

  • Making plans and using strategies
  • Q and A

Early years and primary education


08 December 2020, 9:30am to 12:30pm

This three-hour 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 inclusive education settings.

Cost: £25

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Course details

Online registration opens 9.15 am

9:30 to 11:00am – How do children with Down’s syndrome learn?

  • Exploring a learning profile
  • Social inclusion and curriculum access
  • Reading and Writing
  • Number skills

11:00 to 11:15am – Break

11:15 to 11:45am – Speech, language and communication

  • Supporting communication
  • Receptive and expressive language
  • Speech
  • Visual supports

11:45am to 12:15pm – Supporting social development

  • Supporting friendships and play
  • Supporting positive behaviour

12:15 to 12:30pm Q and A


Dementia and Down’s syndrome


New dates coming soon.

We know that adults with Down’s syndrome have a greater chance of developing dementia, but what are the changes we need to look out for? How do you go about getting an assessment for someone who might be developing dementia? A change in an adult’s function could be due to some other issue, what else could be happening?

This 90-minute webinar will guide through this process and talk about resources and support available from The Down’s Syndrome Association that focus on older age.


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


New dates coming soon.

Our parent meetings enable parents and specialists to share information and experiences, and to guide DSA work. This three hour online session will cover stress and emotional regulation, the importance of connection, looking after yourself and balancing the needs of the family.

Here is what parents have said about past meetings:

‘I am not alone!’

‘Just grateful to have been a part of an interesting day with great people, listening to other’s stories. Listen to groundbreaking new research was encouraging’

‘Meeting and chatting with other parents in the same boat is so important and valuable’


Puberty, Adolescence & Supporting Behaviour: 11 to 18 years


New dates coming soon.

This three hour online training session is for both parents and practitioners. It is suitable for those supporting young people with Down’s syndrome from the ages of 11 to 18 years old. The first part of the training session will cover body changes, hormones and sex and relationships. The second part of the training session will cover the roots of behaviour and strategies for supporting and changing behaviour.


Secondary Education


New dates coming soon.

This three hour 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 education settings.

Course details

Online registration opens 9.15 am

9:30 to 11:00am – How do learners who have Down’s syndrome learn?

  • Exploring a learning profile
  • Social inclusion and curriculum access
  • Reading and Writing
  • Number skills

11:00 to 11:15am Break

11:15 to 11:45 am – Speech, language and communication

  • Supporting communication
  • Receptive and expressive language
  • Speech
  • Visual supports

11:45am to 12:15pm – Supporting social development

  • Supporting friendships and leisure
  • Supporting positive behaviour

12:15 to 12:30 pm – Q and A


Supporting Adults who have Down’s Syndrome


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.

Personal Budgets and Self-Directed Support


DATES COMING SOON

This webinar is about Personal Budgets and Self-Directed Support – which means people, regardless of age and what help and support they may need, being in control of their own lives and being able to organise support and services in a way that makes sense and works well for them and their families.

More details

‘Personal budget’ is the term used to describe the overall cost of the care and support services the local authority or CCG arranges or provides to meet a person’s needs. It is usually worked out on a weekly basis and is an important part of getting help from the local authority.

This webinar will look at how personal budgets are set, what they can be used for, examples of how creatively you can use them – it will also give you an overview of your rights and entitlements and what good examples of personalised support can look like.

A personal budget is defined in the Care Act 2014 as having three parts:

  1. overall cost to the local authority of meeting your needs (i.e. the eligible needs it is legally required to meet, or needs it decides to meet)
  2. the amount payable by you (after you have had a financial assessment)
  3. net amount the local authority must pay to meet your needs.

The amount of money in your personal budget can be spent in one of three ways:

1 A managed account: the local authority manages your personal budget in line with your wishes as agreed in the care plan. They look after the money, make arrangements for your care and support, and pay fees out of your personal budget. For example, if you need care and support at home, the authority arrange care services, usually provided by an agency, and pay them from your personal budget.

2 An account managed by a third party: Similar to a managed account, except a third party, sometimes called a broker, manages your personal budget. This can be the actual service provider. These are often referred to as ‘individual service funds’.

3 Direct payments: You are given the personal budget money to spend yourself on meeting your needs, in line with your care plan, in the way that suits you best.


DSA Tell it Right® webinar for Maternity Services and Universities


Dates and times to follow

This Webinar is for all student and health professionals working in fetal medicine, maternity and neonatal services including midwives, neonatal nurses, sonographers and health visitors.

Down's Syndrome Association

The Tell it Right ® webinar provides information about:

  • Down’s syndrome that is balanced, accurate and up-to-date
  • How best to support expectant parents through the screening process
  • How best to impart information to parents and families, following a pre/post-natal diagnosis of Down’s syndrome
  • Some common issues which may affect a baby who has Down’s syndrome in the early weeks of life.

Through filmed case studies you will be able to reflect on:

  • The decision making processes related to screening
  • The parents’ perspective
  • What life is like for a person with Down’s syndrome

To find out more email: training@downs-syndrome.org.uk