Unacceptable cuts proposed for SEN services

The Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA) is extremely concerned to hear of moves to cut drastically the funding for schools’ provision, especially where this appears to be an arbitrary decision of cutting bands of funding across the board. For any child, a good start in life obviously begins with high quality education, in schools with staff […]

Wales Education Bill receives Royal Assent

By Julian Hallett, Services Development Manager On 24 January the long awaited Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill received Royal Assent. Many of you will be aware that we have been working alongside Welsh Government and partners across the statutory and voluntary sectors in shaping this important legislation, since it was first proposed, more […]

Information round-up – July 2017

An edited list of links to useful resources from other organisations: New EHCP animations from Independent Support With support from DfE, Independent Support has produced two short animation films, which can be used by local authorities, front-line services, professionals and parent groups in their communications with parents and young people. They explain the Education, Health […]

The Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (ALNET) Bill – the DSA’s response

The DSA has been involved with the statutory reform around additional learning needs in Wales, since the process was first announced in 2008. This has been through involvement with Task and Finish groups facilitated by Welsh Government, responding to the draft Bill in 2014 and encouraging the involvement of parents and families in submitting their […]

Book review: Exploring Fluency in Down Syndrome

Exploring Fluency in Down Syndrome: A Discussion of Speech Dysfluencies for Professionals and Parents by Monica Bray J&R Press Ltd. March 2016 Review by Erica Ford, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist (Down’s syndrome) My overall impression of this book is that I might want to change the title. It would be a pity if the reader […]

Speech and language – practical activities

Girl with Down's syndrome headshot

By the Information Team This factsheet has some ideas and activities to help babies and toddlers learn to communicate. It is split into five sections: How to develop your child’s attention and listening skills. How to develop you child’s play skills. How to develop your child’s social interaction skills. How to develop your child’s speech […]