The link between emotional and physical well-being is well known. Government advice (updated in July 2020) outlines the skills that should be taught to primary and secondary aged pupils, as part of their PHSE curriculum.
Our current situation, living through the COVID-19 pandemic, has been especially difficult for people who have Down’s syndrome and other learning disabilities. For some, feelings of isolation have been magnified and many of the strategies suggested to help us cope with stress are not accessible to people who have a learning disability.
We have spent the last two years working an innovative new set of resources to support the emotional well-being of
- children and adults with Down’s syndrome, and
- their parents and family-carers.
The launch of these resources, outlined below, could not be more timely, coming as it does in the midst of COVID-19 and ongoing regional lockdowns.
The accessible resources have been produced in close collaboration with people who have Down’s syndrome, members of our Having a Voice® and Our Voice groups.
Supporting emotional well-being: for parents and supporters
This guide, for supporters and parents, will help you to think about ways to promote positive emotional well-being for people who have Down’s syndrome. It also includes vital advice and guidance for the parents and supporters themselves, to resource their own well-being and take care of themselves.
These practical resources can be used to support various aspects of emotional well-being. Some people may be able to some or all of these resources on their own but others may need help from parents and supporters.
Relaxation activity (audio)
This is an audio recording to help people relax.
Things I do to relax
This video features people who have Down’s syndrome talking about what helps them to relax.