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 […]

New school, new plan

By Lesley Black, Information Officer (Education) Waiting to find out which primary or secondary school their child will be going to can be an anxious time for many families. For parents of children with Down’s syndrome there is the added worry of trying to ensure that all the right support is in place. September may […]