Ups and Downs South West
Down Syndrome Support Organisation
“Supporting the Present to change the Future”
Patrons: Dr Anna Baverstock MB, ChB, MRCP(UK), MRCPCH , Ms Sally Lindsay
Down Syndrome – Learning how to learn
Saturday 28th January 2017
The Old School, School Road, Westonzoyland, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA7 0LN
Presented by David Cudworth
Ups and Downs Southwest is delighted to offer this training session on including a pupil with Down Syndrome, in school. Aimed at professionals but not exclusive the session with include the learning profile of a pupil with Down Syndrome, reading and managing behavior. Invaluable for any professional and parent/carer who want to learn more about the education we can provide childrenwith Down Syndrome.
David Cudworth was Education Officer and Specialist Advisory Teacher for Ups and Downs Southwest for nearly four years, providing support and training to nurseries, primary schools, secondary schools and FE Colleges in over 300 settings across the south west and south Wales. When Lottery funding ran out, David was very sad to leave Ups and Downs SW, particularly to join Wiltshire Council as Education Officer, where he quickly realised that that was not a role he was well suited to! David is now Inclusion Coordinator at The Park School in Yeovil, a small non- selective and very inclusive mainstream independent school for children aged 3-18.
9.30am – Registration
10am – “Making It Work” – The aim of this session is to raise awareness of some of the issues faced by pupils with Down syndrome, in schools today, and provide some tips and strategies as to how to best meet their needs. David will go through the aims behind including a pupil with Down syndrome in a mainstream school, detail the specific learning profile associated with DS, how to manage support, and how to differentiate the curriculum (both primary and secondary) to meet their needs effectively.
11.30am-12.30pm – Developing Speech, Language and Literacy – In this session David will provide some practical guidance as to how to encourage a child/young person with Down syndrome to improve their language skills. He will go through evidence-based recommendations for how to teach a child with DS to read, how to overcome barriers to writing, and show that learning to read also impacts on a child’s speech and language development.
12.30pm – Lunch
1.15pm- Managing Behaviour – In this session David will explain that children and young people with Down syndrome are not born with behaviour problems, but that they are more prone to developing them due to the nature of the challenges that they face and often because of the way that they are treated by the adults around them. He will provide some practical tips and advice for managing behaviour.
2.15pm – Q&A 2.30pm – Finish
Parent/Carer £35 includes light refreshments, lunch and handouts
Professional – £70 includes light refreshments, lunch and handouts