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EHC Plan Masterclass

Date: Monday 3rd  June 2019

Time: 9:30 – 15:15

Venue: Kent Event Centre, Kent Showground, Detling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3JF

Provider: IPSEA – Maria Bloom

Overview and Purpose

Aimed at parents and carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), this one-day training has been developed to guide you through the entire EHC plan process. From the decision of local authorities to assess, right through to the final EHC plan, this training day will help you navigate the system, supporting you to make informed and positive decisions regarding your child’s education and getting the right plan in place. Topics covered include:

  • The structure of an EHC plan
  • Where information should be within an EHC plan
  • The legal status of an EHC plan
  • What a good EHC plan looks like
  • Q&A with a SEND expert


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

Date: Tuesday 30th April 2019, 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.

This course in kindly supported by funds from The National Lottery Community Fund

 

 

 


Advanced Numicon – Beyond 10, Time and Money

Date: 1st May 2019, 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).

This course in kindly supported by funds from The National Lottery Community Fund

 

 

 


Continence and Toilet Training Specifically for Children with Down’s Syndrome

Date: Friday 5th April 2019, Provider: ERIC – The Children’s Bowel and Bladder Charity www.eric.org.uk

Overview and Purpose

This course is designed to discuss toilet training for children with Down’s syndrome. It will start by discussing healthy bowels and bladders; their function, control and issues –  then dive into toilet training, specifically related to Down’s syndrome and associated issues. It is important to assess the readiness for potty training, get prepared and then get going! We will look at obstacles to toilet training, using assessment flowcharts and developing an individual toilet training programme. The course will end with case studies where parents can bring their own problems and the trainer will help with solutions.

By the end of the course you should be familiar with the normal acquisition of bowel and bladder control, be clear about what assessment/investigations are appropriate and have an increased confidence in toilet training and continence management.


Community, Identity, Relationships and Communication: co-producing Circle groups with young people who have Down’s syndrome.

1 day course for co-workers, experienced support staff and speech and language therapists. This course is for PROFESSIONALS ONLY. It is for those groups looking to set up sessions for young people/young adults. Date: Saturday 9th March 2019 Trainers: Leela Baksi


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 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 Parking is available on site on a first come and first serve basis, additional car parks available close by.

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.

Course Title: Meeting the Learning Needs of Children with Down’s syndrome –  Early Years and Primary Education Date: Tuesday 25th September 2018 Time: Registration 9am-9.30am. Course starts at 9.30am and finishes at 4pm Venue: Kent Event Centre, Kent County Showground, Detling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3JF. Training is taking place in Bredhurst room in the Clive Emson Conference Building Cost: Parent/Carers £10, Professionals £40. Prices are per person Refreshments and Lunch: Are included in the cost Trainers: Lucy Clark and Julie Knight

OVERVIEW & PURPOSE

This whole day course is aimed at all staff/professionals working with children with Down syndrome in early years and/or primary school settings, that have not previously had any training. (Parent/carers are also welcome to attend). This session will enable you to teach and support children with Down syndrome more effectively. It will cover the key elements of the specific learning profile, how you can best support progress, dispel some myths and give you strategies and resource ideas, based on research and good practice, to ensure you can meet their individual learning needs. We will also consider the role of the support assistant and what effective inclusion looks like.


Course Title: Meeting the Learning Needs of Children with Down’s syndrome –  Early Years and Primary Education Date: Wednesday 26th September 2018 Time: Registration 9am-9.30am. Course starts at 9.30am and finishes at 4pm Venue: Kent Event Centre, Kent County Showground, Detling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3JF. Training is taking place in Bredhurst room in the Clive Emson Conference Building Cost: Parent/Carers £10, Professionals £40. Prices are per person Refreshments and Lunch: Are included in the cost Trainers: Lucy Clark and Julie Knight

OVERVIEW & PURPOSE

This whole day course is aimed at all staff/professionals working with children with Down syndrome in early years and/or primary school settings, that have not previously had any training. (Parent/carers are also welcome to attend). This session will enable you to teach and support children with Down syndrome more effectively. It will cover the key elements of the specific learning profile, how you can best support progress, dispel some myths and give you strategies and resource ideas, based on research and good practice, to ensure you can meet their individual learning needs. We will also consider the role of the support assistant and what effective inclusion looks like.


 

Course Title: Meeting the Learning Needs of Children and Young People with Down syndrome -Secondary Education Date: Thursday 27th September 2018 Time: Registration 9am-9.30am. Course starts at 9.30am and finishes at 4pm Venue: Ashford Chamber of Commerce, Ashford Business Point, Waterbrook Avenue, Sevington, Ashford, Kent, TN24 0LH Cost: Parent/Carers £10, Professionals £40. Prices are per person Refreshments and Lunch: Are included in the cost Trainer: Lucy Clark/Julie Knight

OVERVIEW & PURPOSE

This whole day course is aimed at all staff/professionals working with pupils with Down syndrome in secondary school settings, that have not previously had any training. (Parent/Carers are also welcome to attend). This session will enable you to teach and support pupils with Down syndrome more effectively. It will cover the key elements of the specific learning profile, how you can best support progress, dispel some myths and give you strategies and resource ideas, based on research and good practice, to ensure you can meet their individual learning needs. We will also consider the role of the support assistant and what effective inclusion looks like.

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Course Title: Growing Up – A practical workshop to support young people with Down’s Syndrome Date: Friday 11th  May 2018 Time: Registration 9am-9.30am. Course starts at 9.30am and finishes at 4pm Venue: Ashford Chamber of Commerce, Ashford Business Point, Waterbrook Avenue, Sevington, Ashford, Kent, TN24 0LH Cost: Parent/Carers £10, Professionals £40. Prices are per person Refreshments and Lunch: Are included in the cost Trainer: Julie Knight from Inclusively Down OVERVIEW & PURPOSE This hands-on workshop will support you to develop, manage and promote social and emotional skills and look at what we can do to further this for children and young people with Down syndrome. We will consider practical strategies and resources to give you experience of and confidence in doing this During the course of the day we will explore:


Course Title: IPSEA – Level 2 SEND Law Training – All about the Law around EHCP’s Date: Sunday 29th April 2018 Time: Registration 9.30-10am. Course starts at 10am and finishes at 4pm Venue: Kent Event Centre,  Kent County Showground, Detling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3JF. Training is taking place in Bredhurst room in the Clive Emson Conference Building Cost: Parent/Carers £20, Professionals £50. Prices are per person Refreshments and Lunch: Are included in the cost Trainer: Maria Bloom from IPSEA


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Course: Numicon Training – Covering Foundation and Advanced Level     Children with Down syndrome often find understanding number more difficult than learning to read. Numicon is a visual approach to understanding the many concepts of numeracy, linking numbers, counting, order, addition, subtraction and eventually multiplication and division to a strong visual representation. The morning will focus on  Foundation level Numicon and the afternoon will be focusing on advanced Numicon. The day will cover:

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Cost: Parent/Carers £10, Professionals £50. Prices are per person Speaker: Wendy Uttley from the Down Syndrome Training and Support Services


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Course Title: IPSEA – Level 1 SEND Law Training – All about the Law around Education Health and Care Plans. (EHCP’s) Date: Sunday 25th February 2018 Time: Registration 9.30-10am. Course starts at 10am and finishes at 4pm Venue: Kent Event Centre,  Kent County Showground, Detling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3JF. Training is taking place in Bredhurst room in the Clive Emson Conference Building Cost: Parent/carers £20, Professionals £50. Prices are per person Refreshments and Lunch: Are included in the cost Trainer: Maria Bloom from IPSEA

OVERVIEW & PURPOSE

Following on from the successful IPSEA Foundation SEND Law training course we ran in May 2016 we are delighted to now be running the Level 1 and 2 course. (Level 2 details can be found below as a separate course)

This one day introductory level course aims to provide an overview of the law relating to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (“SEN”). The course will provide information on the law, guidance, policy and practice but also aims to enable the participants to see how the law can be applied to support parents and young people with SEN.


 

Course: Support & Practice in Secondary Education – For parents/carers and professionals Date: Tuesday 19th September 2017 Time: Registration 9am-9.30am. Course starts at 9.30am and finishes at 4pm Venue:  K Sports, Cobdown, Station Road, Ditton, Alyesford, Kent, ME20 6AU Cost: Parent Members £10, Professional members £40, *£20 every additional professional Trainer: Gillian Bird from the Down’s Syndrome Association. Course Details: Study day on how to support learning and development in Secondary Education for learners aged 11-16 years. Includes advice and practical strategies for supporting learning which draws on the specific learning strengths associated with having Down’s syndrome but emphasises individual differences. This course will also cover transition from Primary to Secondary Education. Both parents/carers and professionals are welcome to book onto this course. *£20 every additional professional applies to those from the same school.


Course: Support & Practice in Early Years and Primary Education – Professionals only Date:  Wednesday 20th September 2017 Time: Registration 9am-9.30am. Course starts at 9.30am and finishes at 4pm Venue: Godmersham and Crundale Village Hall, Canterbury Road, Godmersham, Kent, CT4 7DR (Godmersham is between Ashford and Canterbury) Cost: Professional members £40, *£20 every additional professional Trainer: Gillian Bird from the Down’s Syndrome Association. Course Details: Study day on how to support learning and development in the early and primary years. Includes advice and practical strategies for supporting learning which draws on the specific learning strengths associated with having Down’s syndrome but emphasises individual differences. Please note this course is professionals only. You can find details of the same course but for parents/carers below. *£20 every additional professional applies to those from the same school.


Course:  Support & Practice in Early Years and Primary Education – Parent/Carers only Date: Thursday 21st September 2017 Time: Registration 9.30am-10am. Course starts at 10am and finishes at 2pm Venue: West Kent College, Brook Street, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 2PW Cost: Parent/Carer Members £10 Trainer: Gillian Bird from the Down’s Syndrome Association. Course Details: Study day on how to support learning and development in the early and primary years. Includes advice and practical strategies for supporting learning which draws on the specific learning strengths associated with having Down’s syndrome but emphasises individual differences. Please note this course is for parents/carers only.


Down Syndrome Training & Support Service Ltd Course: Numicon Training – Early Years & Foundation Knowledge     Children with Down syndrome often find understanding number more difficult than learning to read. Numicon is a visual approach to understanding the many concepts of numeracy, linking numbers, counting, order, addition, subtraction and eventually multiplication and division to a strong visual representation. Current research with children with Down syndrome in the Portsmouth region supports its use. It is, in fact, a very useful resource for all children, in particular children who are visual learners. Please note; this date is aimed towards parents & professionals with no previous experience of Numicon. Date: Thursday 18th May 2017 Time: Registration 9.30am-10am. Course starts at 10am and finishes at 2pm Venue:  Windchimes, Reynolds Close, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 6DS Refreshments: Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided Cost: Parent Members £10, Professional members £80, *£40 every additional professional Speaker: Wendy Uttley from the Down syndrome training and support services *£40 every additional professional applies to those from the same school.


Down Syndrome Training & Support Service Ltd Course: Numicon Training – Advanced Level This training day is for professionals who have previous experience of Numicon or professionals who have attended day one.  Parents are welcome to attend but they must have good previous experience/training of Numicon and have children on more advanced levels, in terms of language and content. This course is focusing on advanced school based learning. We are unable to focus on home based learning. This second day will cover

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Date: Friday 19th May 2017 Time: Registration 9.30am-10am. Course starts at 10am and finishes at 4pm Venue:  Windchimes, Reynolds Close, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 6DS Refreshments: Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided Cost: Parent Members £10, Professional members £80, *£40 every additional professional Speaker: Wendy Uttley from the Down syndrome training and support services *£40 every additional professional applies to those from the same school.


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Course: Managing Behaviour Please note this training day is for parent/carers/family members only.  Behaviour training for professionals is listed below. Date: Wednesday 8th February 2017 Time: Registration 9.30am-10am. Course starts at 10am and finishes at 2pm Venue:  Singleton Environmental Centre, Wesley School Rd, Ashford, Kent, TN23 5LW Refreshments: Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided Cost: £10 for parents/carers/family members only Speaker: Inclusively Downs Course Details: This course will equip you to be able to…

  • understand reasons why behaviours may be exhibited, in the context of the typical learning profile
  • identify the possible cause of behaviours that a child may exhibit
  • suggest strategies to use that will help overcome difficulties which lead to behaviours being exhibited

Inclusively Down Logo Course: Managing Behaviour: Pupils with Down Syndrome Please note this training day is for professionals only.  Behaviour Training for parent/carers/family members is listed above. Date: Thursday 9th February 2017 Time: Registration 9.00am-9.30am. Course starts at 9.30am and ends at 4.30pm Venue:  Twydall Primary School, Twydall Lane, Gillingham, Kent, ME8 6JS Refreshments: Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided Cost: £80 professionals, *£25 every additional professional Speaker: Inclusively Downs Course Details: 

This course is relevant to all staff working with children and young people with Down syndrome. The course emphasises that, despite many misconceptions, there is no behaviour which is specific to children and young people with Down syndrome and is about using positive proactive strategies to achieve potential. We look closely at why any behaviour may occur and how it is through changing our own behaviour and responses that we can support children to give their best. The outcomes are;

This course will equip you to be able to…

– understand reasons why behaviours may be exhibited, in the context of the typical learning profile

– identify the possible cause of behaviours that a child may exhibit

– suggest strategies to use that will help overcome difficulties which lead to behaviours being exhibited

– demonstrate good inclusive practice and differentiate appropriately

*£25 every additional professional applies to those from the same school.


logo-gabyhardwicke Course: Wills and Trusts – Planning for the Future                           (Please note; this course is for parents and family members only) Date: Tuesday 31st January 2017 Time: Registration from 10am-10.30am. Course starts at 10.30am and finishes at 12.30pm Venue:  The Fusion Healthy Living Centre, 2 & 3 Cobb Way, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 9HL Cost: No charge Speaker: Richard Ostle from Gaby Hardwicke Solicitors Course Details: This workshop will explain why, when you have a child with a learning disability, such as Down’s syndrome you will probably need a specialist will. The session will cover :

  • How will an inheritance affect my child’s right to benefits
  • Why you should make a will
  • The different types of Trusts
  • What can I put into a Trust
  • Choosing Trustees
  • Having a Letter of Wishes

prospero          Course: Wills and Trusts – Planning for the Future    This event is being kindly sponsored by The Bay Trust (Please note; this course is for parents and family members only) Date: Sunday 22nd January 2017 Time: Registration from 9.30am-10am. Course starts at 10am and finishes at 12pm Venue: The Bay Trust, The Pines Caylx, Beach Road, St Margarets Bay, Dover, Kent, CT15 6DZ Cost: No charge. Refreshments are being provided by the Bay Trust during registration Speaker: Peter Cox from Prospero Solicitors Course Details: This workshop will explain why, when you have a child with a learning disability, such as Down’s syndrome you will probably need a specialist will. The session will cover :

  • How will an inheritance affect my child’s right to benefits
  • Why you should make a will
  • The different types of Trusts
  • What can I put into a Trust
  • Choosing Trustees
  • Having a Letter of Wishes

Logo Downs Ability Course: Growing Up – Puberty, Sexuality, Relationships and Age Appropriate Behaviour. Course now FULL! You can still apply for this course but you will be put on a waiting list. We will contact you if we are notified of any cancellations. Please continue to apply as we normally do get cancellations. (Please note this course is for parents and carers only, for example a legal guardian. This course is not for people who support a child in a professional capacity). Date: Sunday 9th October 2016 Time: Registration from 9.30am-10am. Course starts at 10am and finishes at 2pm Venue: Canterbury Christchurch University, Ramsey Building, Room RF35, North Holmes Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1QU. Parking is available free of charge either on site or in the road Cost: No charge. Members will be given priority. You will be able to buy a light lunch in the college coffee shop. Trainer: Cecilie Mackinnon from Downs Ability Course Details: Understanding the importance of starting early on helping children to understand about bodies, boundaries and appropriate social behaviour. Practical ideas and resources to enable children to develop healthy, safe relationships and enjoy good self-esteem and an active social life.


Down's Syndrome Association Course: Support & Practice in Early Years and Primary Education. Date: Wednesday 21st September 2016. Time: Registration & refreshments from 9.15am- 9.30am. Course starts at 9.30am and finishes at  3.30pm Venue: Hall Place Enterprise Centre, Harbledown, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 9AG. Please note – due to room availability the training is on the first floor only accessible by stairs. Cost: No Charge, members will be given priority. Lunch is included. Trainer: Gillian Bird from the Down’s Syndrome Association. Course Details: Study day on how to support learning and development in the early and primary years. Includes advice and practical strategies for supporting learning which draws on the specific learning strengths associated with having Down’s syndrome but emphasises individual differences.


Down's Syndrome Association Course: Support & Practice in Early Years and Primary Education. Date: Tuesday 20th September 2016. Time: Registration & refreshments from 9.15am- 9.30am. Course starts at 9.30am and finishes at  3.30pm Venue: MidKent College, Medway Campus, Medway Road, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 1FN Cost: No Charge, members will be given priority. Lunch is included. Trainer: Gillian Bird from the Down’s Syndrome Association. Course Details: Study day on how to support learning and development in the early and primary years. Includes advice and practical strategies for supporting learning which draws on the specific learning strengths associated with having Down’s syndrome but emphasises individual differences.

IPSEA Logo Course Title: IPSEA – SEND Law Training Date: Friday 17th June 2016 Time: 10.00am to 3:15pm Venue: Furley Park Primary Academy, Reed Crescent, Ashford, Kent, TN23 3PA Trainer: Maria Bloom from IPSEA Course Details: How to navigate the new legal framework and ensure that your child gets the right educational support to meet their individual needs