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.

Some sessions are free and for others there will be a small charge. Longer, more in depth workshops will be charged accordingly.


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


18 June 2020

Cost: £5

Our parent meetings enable parents and specialists to share information and experiences, and to guide DSA work. This three hour online session will include discussions and advice about understanding dual diagnosis, looking after yourself as a parent/carer and accessing help from the DSA.

Click here to pay and book your place.

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’


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


15 July 2020

Cost: £5

Our parent meetings enable parents and specialists to share information and experiences, and to guide DSA work. This three hour online session will include discussions and advice about understanding Grooves and OCD, looking after yourself as a parent/carer and decision making.

Click here to pay and book your place.

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’


Supporting Behaviour positively: for children age 3 to 11 years


21 July 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

Click here to pay and book your place.

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


1 September 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

Click here to pay and book your place.

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


Secondary Education


8 September 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 11 to 16 years of age in education settings.

Cost: £25

Click here to pay and book your place.

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


Early years and primary education


13 October 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

Click here to pay and book your place.

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


Supporting Early Development: From Birth to 4 years


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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

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

DSA Tell it Right® webinar for Maternity Services and Universities


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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


Dementia and Down’s syndrome


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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.

Cost: £10

Booking details coming soon.