Dates for training next term are how available with the first course 'Introduction to Down syndrome' scheduled for Monday 14th January 2019, 9.30 to 2.30pm. Cost FREE. CPD accredited. This is followed by a two part signing course, 29th Jan and 5th Feb,
9.30 to 11.30 both days
Monday 14th January, 9.30 to 2.30, Introduction to Down syndrome FREE
Tuesday 29th January and 5th February, 9.30 to 11.30, Signing and Down syndrome - two session course. Fee or pledge of fundraiser
Friday 25th January, 10am to 12pm - our six week behaviour course starts. Free and aimed at parents.
FULL DETAILS ON OUR WEBSITE - booklet avaibale to download. BOOKINGS ALSO AVAILABLE THROUGH
THE IMPORTANCE OF TRAINING
Our charity was formed in September 2000 with the objective of providing training and support to all adults living and working with children and young people who have Down syndrome. Over the years we have developed over ten different training courses covering
many areas of learning and delivered them not only in Bradford but across the country and beyond; including Denmark and India. Our training has been applauded many, many times and we know it makes a big difference to the inclusion, education and development
of any child who needs additional input and understanding; not just children with Down syndrome. Our most popular course, Introduction to Down syndrome was developed by Wendy Uttley in 2005 and now has CPD accreditation. Last year it was delivered 18 times
to a total of 400 people. We believe that ALL schools should undertake this training to enable them to fully understand and meet the needs of a child with Down syndrome in their setting. Without a good understanding of how best to communicate with, instruct
and successfully teach a child with Down syndrome, and why such inclusion is so important and vital to the child’s future life, there is a chance that school staff will begin to flounder, the child’s needs will not be met and the placement will begin to deteriorate.
We base this statement on many years of experience and involvement with schools. In particular, over 2017/18, we have seen an increase in the number of children, around year 2, displaying unwanted behaviours in classrooms leading to many negative experiences
for that child, the school and all involved. Currently, most of our inhouse training demands are around behaviour management and modification. We feel that this does not need to be the case. If specific training was in place covering literacy, numeracy,
signing, communication and understanding of the learning profile of a child with Down syndrome such behaviours may not arise. Quoting the Equality Act 2010:
‘... it requires thought to be given in advance to what disabled children and young people might require and what adjustments might need to be made to prevent that disadvantage.’