Upcoming Courses

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Communication for Life! – Introducing CIRCLE groups

Date: Saturday 26th January 2019

Time: Registration 9am-9.30am. Course starts at 9.30am and finishes at 4pm – TBC

Venue: Maidstone Community Support Centre, 39-48 Marsham Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1HH

Cost: Parent/Carers £40, Professionals £80. Prices are per person

Refreshments and Lunch: Tea and coffee provided. Please bring your own lunch.

Trainers: Leela Baksi

Overview & Purpose

This course discusses the communication and identity at transition from childhood to adulthood. We look at what people with DS tell us about their lives and experiences drawing on published materials and other real life stories, and books that offer syndrome specific information on adolescence and adulthood. We focus on developing skills for the challenges of the teenage years and young adulthood, focusing on learning language and using visual supports to develop identity, and build success in communicating.

This course is designed for a mixed audience of parents and family members, Personal Assistants and befrienders, school and college staff including teaching assistants and teachers, and other practitioners including speech and language therapists. There are opportunities to discuss issues and plans for individuals as worked examples.

The full Communication for Life training discusses a range of topics covering issues from early adolescence through to adulthood. This day will include topics selected to introduce the thinking and research underpinning CIRCLE groups which 21 Together will be running from Easter 2019.

The Course Will Cover

  • Adolescence, young people who have Down syndrome, and communication skills: challenges and opportunities
  • Communication impairment in adolescence and adulthood: common issues and what we can do about them
  • Developing identity as a young person
  • Talking about puberty
  • Pathways to intimate relationships: friendships, boyfriends and girlfriends, and beyond. Consent, and staying safe.

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Using Numicon Skills to Teach Basic Number Skills to Children with Down’s syndrome

Date: 30th April 2019

Time: Registration 9am-9.30am. Course starts at 9.30am and finishes at 3pm

Venue: TBC

Cost: Parent/Carers £40, Professionals £80. Prices are per person

Refreshments and Lunch: Tea and coffee provided. Please bring your own lunch.

Trainers: Wendy Uttley

Overview & Purpose

Basic number skills are vital to enable everyday social inclusion and independence. This training will commence with an overview of the learning profile of a child with Down’s syndrome; exploring working memory and how this impacts on learning numbers. It will detail how children learn basic number skills – recognising numbers, saying number names, counting to find ‘how many?’ and early hands on addition. It will explore the challenges faced by children who have Down’s syndrome and demonstrate how the use of Numicon as a visual representation of number can help to overcome these difficulties and lead to increased understanding and confidence.

The day will include lots of hands on activities with time for discussion and highlight how successful early intervention is in increasing these skills with reference to the Early Development Groups running in Bradford.

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Advanced Numicon – Beyond 10, Time and Money

Date: 1st May 2019

Time: Registration 9am-9.30am. Course starts at 9.30am and finishes at 4pm

Venue: TBC

Cost: Parent/Carers £40, Professionals £80. Prices are per person

Refreshments and Lunch: Tea and coffee provided. Please bring your own lunch.

Trainers: Wendy Uttley

Overview & Purpose

Number, time and money skills are vital to enable everyday social inclusion and independence. This day will follow on from day 1 (with a slight overlap to firstly consider the learning profile of a child with Down’s syndrome).

During the morning session we will look in detail how to tackle developing number skills beyond 10:

  • Rote counting in 10s, 5s, 2s, teens and counting through decades up to 100
  • Recognising 2 and 3 digit numbers, place vale and order
  • Counting to find how many – beyond 10
  • Adding up and taking away – methods to succeed
  • Fractions, multiplication, division and using calculators

After lunch we will tackle time and money.

Time is a very abstract concept and as such can present a major challenge to children with Down’s syndrome. This workshop will equip participants with a structured programme of activities and resources, developed and written by Wendy Uttley, to help teach the passage of time and then how, step by step, to teach a child how to tell the time.

During the money workshop, we will, again use a programme written by Wendy Uttley which consists of 120 finely graded activities to help teach a person with Down’s syndrome to understand and use money. Starting with learning the names for the coins and playing simple shopping games, moving on to learning the value of coins and progressing to working with pounds and pence.

 

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