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 […]

Why take part in research?


by the DSA Information Team Being the parent of a new baby or toddler is a busy time with many demands. You may be approached by researchers who want you to take part in their projects. Here at the Down’s Syndrome Association we try to provide information about research projects that have gone through our vetting […]

We are seeking new funding to expand our vital Tell It Right, Start It Right training for maternity services.

Many of you will have been following recent media coverage of revised prenatal screening tests for Down’s syndrome. It is likely that new Non Invasive tests (NIPT) will, in certain circumstances, be made available to women, as part of their antenatal care.  The proposed changes highlight the ongoing need for expansion of our Tell It […]

Supporting each other – parents, babies and toddlers

In many regions across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, families enjoy a wide range of social and learning opportunities through their local support groups. Some support groups provide services focused on the development of babies and toddlers, where parents and carers can share their experiences as their children develop. This photo (right & above) shows children […]

What is Down’s syndrome?

Down’s syndrome is caused by the presence of an extra chromosome in a baby’s cells. In the majority of cases, Down’s syndrome is not an inherited condition. Down’s syndrome usually occurs because of a chance happening at the time of conception Click the button below for the answers to other frequently asked questions about Down’s […]