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Training Programme 2018/19 Stepping Stones DS organises a range of training workshops that help to open doors for our children and young people. We view this training as an

investment in their future through sharing knowledge, information and support.

Our

workshops are open to families, schools, medical professionals and anyone with a desire

to

learn

more

about

Down

syndrome. We are lucky to work with some of the world’s leading speakers and trainers and

we heavily subsidise the training workshops to make them accessible to all.

This programme includes a training calendar for the 2018/19 academic year along with a resume for each of our trainers, an overview of each session plus information on costs and how to book. Stepping Stones DS, Sentinel House, Ancells Business Park, Harvest Crescent, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 2UZ Tel: 01252 417014 enquiries@steppingstonesds.co.uk www.steppingstonesds.co.uk Stepping Stones DS is a Registered Charity, number 1129201


Training Dates The training dates and times for this year’s sessions are as follows:

Autumn Term 2018

Spring Term 2019

Wednesday 3rd October 09:30 - 14:30 Differentiation and Assessment for Children with Down Syndrome (Junior & Senior) Becky Baxter of LETS Go!

Wednesday 13th February 09:30 - 14:30 Promoting the Development of Pre-School Children with Down Syndrome (Birth to school age) Becky Baxter of LETS Go!

Thursday 11th October 09:30 - 14:30 Down Syndrome & Autism Spectrum Disorder (Dual Diagnosis) Part 2 Leela Baksi of Symbol UK Monday 5th November 09:30 - 12:00 Getting the Most From your iPad & Special iApps: Early Years & KS1 Amanda Glennon of IT (Inclusive Teaching) Matters Monday 5th November 12:30 - 15:00 An Introduction to Numicon: Early Years & KS1 Amanda Glennon of IT (Inclusive Teaching) Matters Tuesday 6th November 09:30 - 12:00 Getting the Most From your iPad & Special iApps: KS2 & Beyond Amanda Glennon of IT (Inclusive Teaching) Matters

Wednesday 27th February 09:30 - 14:30 Developing Numeracy Skills for Pupils with Down Syndrome Lucy Clark & Julie Knight of Inclusively Down

Summer Term 2019 Wednesday 1st May 09:30 - 14:30 Speech, Language and Communication (Primary and Secondary) Becky Baxter of LETS Go! Thursday 9th May 09:30 - 14:30 Sexuality & Relationships – KS2 and beyond Vik Ralfs Wednesday 26th June 09:30 -14:30 School Starters – An Introduction to Down Syndrome Becky Baxter of LETS Go!

Tuesday 6th November 12:30 - 15:00 An Introduction to Numicon: KS2 & Beyond Amanda Glennon of IT (Inclusive Teaching) Matters Wednesday 14TH November 09:30 - 14:30 Developing Literacy Skills for Pupils with Down Syndrome Lucy Clark & Julie Knight of Inclusively Down Stepping Stones DS, Sentinel House, Ancells Business Park, Harvest Crescent, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 2UZ Tel: 01252 417014 enquiries@steppingstonesds.co.uk www.steppingstonesds.co.uk Stepping Stones DS is a Registered Charity, number 1129201


The Training Team We are lucky enough to have some of the best trainers in the Down syndrome arena delivering our sessions. Here is a brief resume from each of them;

Lucy Clark

Julie Knight

Lucy is a qualified teacher, graduating with a B.Ed(Hons) degree from the University of Birmingham, and has taught children aged from two to nineteen. Her career, as a class and Specialist Teacher, has involved children whose individual needs have included communication and interaction, cognition and learning, sensory and physical difficulties. She is experienced in the use of alternative and augmentative communication systems including signing and symbol exchange.

Julie graduated from Brighton University with a B.Ed(Hons) degree and is an expert with two decades’ experience in the field of Specialist Teaching. She has carried out a wide range of roles from a Down syndrome Specialist Teacher for Buckinghamshire Learning Trust to a consultant and trainer for Specialist Educational Services .

For the last 11 years Lucy has been a Specialist Teacher for children with Down syndrome, advising how to meet their individual learning needs and facilitate them to make progress for themselves whilst including them alongside their peers. Lucy believes in having high expectations and developing staff abilities to put in place those small steps to support an individual to achieve these. Lucy encourages a pro-active not reactive approach to meeting needs and believes in a holistic approach between home and school. She believes that inclusion works best when it is embraced as a whole school policy and responsibility particularly when parents own knowledge of their children is used to support what happens in school and a relationship between the two is achieved.

Raising achievement of pupils with SEN has always been at the forefront of Julie’s work, and, in previous roles, she established new and efficient systems of data collection and assessment to achieve these goals.

Julie has always worked to ensure greater consistency between various specialist teams in processes and practice. She developed support matrices to ensure pupils receive a needs-led service, systems to record and track support hours delivered, contact notes, Annual Review report writing and transition protocol. Julie has successfully run national conferences in the field of Down syndrome. Julie believes that both child’s and teacher’s peace of mind is paramount and that all children have a right to an inclusive and outstanding education.

Stepping Stones DS, Sentinel House, Ancells Business Park, Harvest Crescent, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 2UZ Tel: 01252 417014 enquiries@steppingstonesds.co.uk www.steppingstonesds.co.uk Stepping Stones DS is a Registered Charity, number 1129201


The Training Team

Becky Baxter

When Amanda’s daughter Alice was born with Down’s Syndrome in 2005, Amanda knew nothing about the condition. There was no support available in Cheshire and so she set about finding out as much as she could by attending specialist training events across the UK. Amanda went on to co-found Cheshire Down’s Syndrome in 2007, a small local charity which now supports many families and schools across Cheshire. Three years ago she formed a Community Interest Company, IT Matters, whose aims are improving educational outcomes and life skills of all children with learning disabilities. Amanda delivers training across many strategies, such as Makaton and iPad & iApp workshops. In 2018 IT Matters became the only organisation to be accredited as a Numicon Advocate supporting SEN groups across the UK. Amanda runs workshops all over the UK with clients including many DS Support Groups, Education, Healthcare and Leisure & Tourism Organisations. Amanda says her highlight to date was signing to the Monkey Puzzle song with Julia Donaldson and her husband Malcolm.

Becky is the founder of LETS Go! who offer specialist services for children with Down syndrome. She previously worked for Down Syndrome Education International and continues to work with them on a consultancy basis. Her experience of working with children with Down syndrome now spans 20 years. Becky delivers training to educators, speech and language therapists and parents worldwide. Her training covers a range of topics across the curriculum as well as in-depth behaviour, speech & language and full school inclusion. Becky is also a registered trainer for the Reading & Language Intervention for children with Down syndrome and guests lectures at University College London. Becky has a Master’s degree in Language and Communication impairments in Children and is currently completing a PhD at University College London. Becky’s research area is developing and evaluating the effectiveness of a language intervention for children with Down syndrome.

Stepping Stones DS, Sentinel House, Ancells Business Park, Harvest Crescent, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 2UZ Tel: 01252 417014 enquiries@steppingstonesds.co.uk www.steppingstonesds.co.uk Stepping Stones DS is a Registered Charity, number 1129201


The Training Team

Sarah is a teacher who specialises in supporting children with Down syndrome in mainstream schools. Sarah joined LETS Go! in 2013 and provides specialist school outreach support and a nursery support service to those educating and supporting children with Down syndrome. She also delivers pre-school groups with a specialist interest in early literacy, numeracy and fine motor skills. Sarah has 18 years of primary teaching experience, specialising in Early Years and Key Stage 1. She has worked with many children with a variety of educational needs within a mainstream setting and is passionate about inclusion. Sarah delivers training and information sessions direct to schools through inset days, staff training and assemblies. She delivers training on the learning profile associated with Down syndrome early literacy, numeracy and fine motor development as well as behaviour. Sarah is also Mum to Daniel who has DS.

Leela Baksi Leela works for Symbol who bring together skilled practitioners and commissioners to develop innovative services that enrich the lives of children and adults who have special needs. Their work supports clients to develop their skills and confidence, to make choices about their lives and improves their opportunities to engage with and contribute to the community.

Leela is a senior clinical specialist speech and language therapist with Symbol UK Ltd and works with children and young people who have Down syndrome, and their families, education staff and wider networks, providing syndrome specific speech and of topics. Leela has over 20 years of experience of working with children with Down syndrome. She has worked with several cohorts of young people from early childhood through adolescence to adulthood, and works in secondary phase mainstream and special schools, and FE colleges. Drawing on these experiences, Leela has been running Communication for Life since 2011 and locations across the UK.

Vik Ralfs Vik worked for the Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA) for nine years, latterly leading the Training and Conference Team working across the UK and abroad. Her background is in secondary education where she co-led a pioneering inclusion provision for six years. Her particular interest is social inclusion and Sexuality and Relationships Education (SRE). She authored the DSA’s SRE chapters in its education support packs and works directly with young people through SRE courses and training. Following two years of project management for both Mencap and Symbol UK (Speech and Language Advisers to the DSA) she led the Schools Advisory Service at Ups and Downs SW, alongside Allison Powell.

Stepping Stones DS, Sentinel House, Ancells Business Park, Harvest Crescent, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 2UZ Tel: 01252 417014 enquiries@steppingstonesds.co.uk www.steppingstonesds.co.uk Stepping Stones DS is a Registered Charity, number 1129201


Our Training Sessions Here is an overview of each of our training sessions:

3rd October 09:30 - 14:30 Differentiation and Assessment for Children with Down Syndrome (Junior & Senior) Becky Baxter of LETS Go!

This training workshop includes information on teaching to the profile of children with Down syndrome and covers the key areas for differentiating literacy, numeracy as well as

11th October 09:30 - 14:30 Down Syndrome & Autism Spectrum Disorder (Dual Diagnosis) Part 2 Leela Baksi of Symbol UK

This is the second day of a 2-part linked course. We will talk about: profiling communication skills and selecting strategies and interventions for speech, language and social communication

inclusion across the whole curriculum.

skills; behaviour and communication: what are

The day will cover how to measure progress,

social skills and using social stories.

the challenging behaviours telling us?; teaching

developing effective assessment and ensuring accurate record keeping.

Day 2 is open to everyone who attended day 1

Schools are asked to bring examples of

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planning

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facilitate individual

and anyone else (parents, school staff, speech

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differentiation. This session is aimed at schools but it is always helpful to have parents’ expert knowledge

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supporting

schools

and

language

therapists)

concerned

with

children with Down syndrome who have an ASD diagnosis.

We

have

already

covered issues around diagnosis and the process of diagnosis, so day 2 is not suitable if these topics are priority for you.

differentiating homework.

Stepping Stones DS, Sentinel House, Ancells Business Park, Harvest Crescent, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 2UZ Tel: 01252 417014 enquiries@steppingstonesds.co.uk www.steppingstonesds.co.uk Stepping Stones DS is a Registered Charity, number 1129201


Our Training Sessions

5th November 09:30 - 12:00 Getting the Most From your iPad & Special iApps: Early Years & KS1 Amanda Glennon of IT (Inclusive Teaching) Matters

5th November 12:30 - 15:00 An Introduction to Numicon: Early Years & KS1 Amanda Glennon of IT (Inclusive Teaching) Matters

For Parents and Teaching Professionals this session

This session will introduce Numicon for Early Years.

will cover the following: ·

General Settings to get the most from your iPad

·

Special Words & Special Stories to support Reading and social interactions

·

We will look at the Numicon Approach and will share lots of ideas for Mathematics within a Nursery/Early Years setting.

The session will also include activities from the new Firm Foundations Resources.

MyChoicePad for Communicatiom

All the Apps covered support inclusion and differentiation at all ages and levels of the curriculum- in this session we will focus on Early Years & KS1 We will look at how to quickly and effectively

support learning strategies with either the iPad itself or using hard copy resources produced on the iPad. Please bring a fully charged iPad to the session.

Stepping Stones DS, Sentinel House, Ancells Business Park, Harvest Crescent, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 2UZ Tel: 01252 417014 enquiries@steppingstonesds.co.uk www.steppingstonesds.co.uk Stepping Stones DS is a Registered Charity, number 1129201


Our Training Sessions

6th November 09:30 - 12:00 Getting the Most From your iPad & Special iApps: KS2 & Beyond Amanda Glennon of IT (Inclusive Teaching) Matters

6th November 12:30 - 15:00 An Introduction to Numicon: KS2 & Beyond Amanda Glennon of IT (Inclusive Teaching) Matters

For Parents and Teaching Professionals this session will cover the following:

This is suitable for anyone supporting school age children with mathematics in Key Stage 2 and beyond. This workshop will introduce:

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General Settings to get the most from your iPad Special iApps to support new vocab and social interactions Clicker Sentences & Clicker Connect for Emerging Writing MyChoicePad for Communication

* The Numicon Approach * Getting Started * Adding & Subtracting * Equivalence * Multiplication & Division * Time & money

All the Apps covered support inclusion and differentiation at all ages and levels of the curriculum, in this session we will focus on KS2 and beyond. We will look at how to quickly and effectively support learning strategies with either the iPad itself or using hard copy resources produced on the iPad. Please bring a fully charged iPad as the session is hands on.

Stepping Stones DS, Sentinel House, Ancells Business Park, Harvest Crescent, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 2UZ Tel: 01252 417014 enquiries@steppingstonesds.co.uk www.steppingstonesds.co.uk Stepping Stones DS is a Registered Charity, number 1129201


Our Training Sessions

14TH November 09:30 - 14:30 Developing Literacy Skills for Pupils with Down Syndrome Lucy Clarke & Julie Knight of Inclusively Down

13th February 09:30 - 14:30 Promoting the Development of PreSchool Children with Down Syndrome (Birth to school age) Becky Baxter of LETS Go!

This course is suitable for SENDCos, Teachers, Support Staff and Parents.

This comprehensive day will review the learning strengths and areas of difficulty associated with having Down syndrome as well as the evidence to support successful interventions and learning techniques.

We will look at how children with Down syndrome learn to read, give advice on schemes and programmes which can be used, as well as discuss challenges and how to assess and monitor progress. We will consider difficulties which may be associated with writing and provide practical strategies to use.

The day provides three in-depth workshop sessions; promoting speech, language and communication skills from the beginning; supporting cognitive development and encouraging play skills; and encouraging positive social skills and managing challenging behaviour. The session provides practical ideas and activities to promote development both at home and in the pre-school setting.

Stepping Stones DS, Sentinel House, Ancells Business Park, Harvest Crescent, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 2UZ Tel: 01252 417014 enquiries@steppingstonesds.co.uk www.steppingstonesds.co.uk Stepping Stones DS is a Registered Charity, number 1129201


Our Training Sessions

27th February 09:30 - 14:30 Developing Numeracy Skills for Pupils with Down Syndrome Lucy Clark & Julie Knight of Inclusively Down

This course is aimed at all staff working with children

and

young

people

with

Down

syndrome. This session will cover the key elements of

developing Numeracy skills, why children with Down

syndrome

may

find

this

subject

challenging, the use of manipulatives to support learning and what strategies / resources can be used to support access to the curriculum.

1st May 09:30 - 14:30 Speech, Language and Communication (Primary & Secondary) Becky Baxter of LETS Go!

The day will include an overview of the research on speech, language and communication development in children with Down syndrome. We will focus on extending the early communication strengths seen in children with Down syndrome and targeting later, more complex communication skills, supporting friendships and interactions. Strategies to target vocabulary and language understanding and production across the curriculum will be included as well as improving speech clarity and intelligibility. Common difficulties and error patterns will be addressed as well as looking at strategies to e n c o u r a g e motivation and d e v e l o p i n g engaging activities that will support generalisation within school and home settings.

Stepping Stones DS, Sentinel House, Ancells Business Park, Harvest Crescent, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 2UZ Tel: 01252 417014 enquiries@steppingstonesds.co.uk www.steppingstonesds.co.uk Stepping Stones DS is a Registered Charity, number 1129201


Our Training Sessions

9th May 09:30 - 14:30 Sexuality & Relationships – KS2 and beyond Vik Ralfs

This session is broken in to 3 sections which look at; ‘Philosophy, Permission and Practice’ How we, as educators and families, approach supporting children and young people with DS to be as independent as possible How adult support can be most effective in schools; working together as teams and with families ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’ The Need to be NEEDED; our children doing more for themselves and for others and how this can look in school Getting to Secondary and Being There Happily; on transition and Years 7 & 8: tools and tips

26th June 09:30 -14:30 School Starters – An Introduction to Down Syndrome Becky Baxter of LETS Go!

This session will be a chance for schools and any teachers who are new to working with a child with DS to forward plan for September and think about how the team around the child can all work together.

The day will cover an introduction to the learning profile of children with Down syndrome as well as 4 in-depth workshops; developing speech and language skills across the curriculum; developing literacy skills; developing number skills; and differentiating the curriculum to meet the needs of children with Down syndrome.

‘SRE’ How this curriculum is core for Year 5 onwards: enabling our children to connect and communicate.

Stepping Stones DS, Sentinel House, Ancells Business Park, Harvest Crescent, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 2UZ Tel: 01252 417014 enquiries@steppingstonesds.co.uk www.steppingstonesds.co.uk Stepping Stones DS is a Registered Charity, number 1129201


Booking Information Information on the cost of our courses, the venue and how to book;

Cost: All of our courses are charged at £15 per member and £25 per non-member. This is with the exception of the 2 part sessions on 5th & 6th November which are being delivered by Inclusive Teaching (IT) Matters– these will be charged at £10 (member)/£15 (non-member) for a half day and £15 (member)/£25 (nonmember) for a full day.

Venue: Training sessions will take place in Fleet, however the exact venue depends on the number of delegates attending and will be confirmed nearer the time.

How to book: For all of the above courses, please book your place by emailing training@steppingstonesds.co.uk

Sign Language We have had several enquiries in regards to sign language training, although Stepping Stones DS are not running courses next year we thought you may be interesting in the following sessions provided by external agencies:

5th & 12th September 2018 from 19:45 until 21:45 OR 24th September from 09:45 until 14:15 Introduction to Sign Delivered by Sarah Sutton of Sign In School Cost: £25 per person (£15 for a second family member) For further details or to book email sarah@signinschool.com

18th or 19th September from 09:30 until 16:30 Makaton: A Beginners Workshop Delivered by The Makaton Charity Cost: £90 per person For more information or to book contact Debbie Twigg, training@makaton.org 01276 60677 Stepping Stones DS, Sentinel House, Ancells Business Park, Harvest Crescent, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 2UZ Tel: 01252 417014 enquiries@steppingstonesds.co.uk www.steppingstonesds.co.uk Stepping Stones DS is a Registered Charity, number 1129201

Stepping Stones DS Training Programme 2018/19  

For further information about Stepping Stones DS see www.steppingstonesds.co.uk

Stepping Stones DS Training Programme 2018/19  

For further information about Stepping Stones DS see www.steppingstonesds.co.uk

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