Available Courses

We are constantly looking at new techniques and approaches in our lessons and general understanding of Down Syndrome. Below you will find some courses that we've come across.


Introduction to Working with Children with Down Syndrome

We are delighted to be able to provide a day of theoretical and practical training for all those involved in educating a child with Down Syndrome.

- Monday 23rd October 2017 9.30am - 3.00pm - Aimed at Primary School ages

Delivered by Downright Special staff at Centre 88, Saner St, Hull HU3 2TR

For more details, including how to book click here.


An Introduction to Signing for children with Down Syndrome

A 2-part training course that aims to:

  • increase your understanding of why signing will help your child
  • develop your own understanding and use of the first 100 vocabulary signs
  • provide opportunities for practicing sign and speech together
  • provide good practice on how to use these signs with your child in everyday situations.

Held on the following dates:

- Thursday 26th September 2017 9.30am - 11.30am

- Tuesday 3rd October 2017 9.30am - 11.30am

Delivered by Laura Nichols at Centre 88, Saner St, Hull HU3 2TR

For more details, including how to book click here.


Talk by Maggie Woodhouse on How Vision Develops in Children with Down Syndrome

Monday 9th October 09.30am - 11.30am.

Maggie is an Optometrist at Cardiff Uni and has been studying how vision develops in children with Down Syndrome for over 25 years. She runs the primary care eye clinic aimed at children and adults with special needs in the UK, and regularly gives talks to parent groups, teachers, etc on how to ensure that children with Down Syndrome get the most out of their vision.

See attached for more details (Click Here)


Gross and Fine Motor Skill Development in children with Down Syndrome

Thursday 9th November 09.30am - 11.30am

Elizabeth Morling, SEN Consultant is delivering a training session on an overview of the physical needs of children with Down Syndrome with practical suggestions to develop their skills.

This session is suitable for parents, teachers, teaching assistants, SENCOS, and other professionals working with children with Down Syndrome.

See attached for more details (Click Here)


What makes a Good Education, Health and Care Plan?

Thursday 23rd November 09.30am - 12.30pm.

Annette Benstead of SEND Consultancy Service is delivering a training session on what makes a good EHCP and its outcomes

See attached for more details (Click Here)


School Assemblies: Introduction to Down Syndrome for Primary Schools and Introduction to Down Syndrome for Secondary Schools

Our school assembly talks cover what Down syndrome is and what it means to have Down syndrome with time for questions and answers. We usually allow 20-30 minutes but the talk can be tailored to suit. 

Cost: Free ( but we don’t receive any funding from statutory agencies and rely on charitable donations so we would be grateful if you think of us when you do any fundraising activities!)

To find our more or to book email office@downrightspecial.co.uk or call us on 01482 420160


Free Clicker Apps Training Webinars

Crick Software (the company behind Clicker) run regular free webinars on using Clicker Apps (Clicker Sentences, Clicker Books, Clicker Docs and Clicker Connect).  

Look on the website for more information



Down’s Syndrome Association

See website for details of training offered by the DSA for parents and professionals:



Down Syndrome Education International

DSE offer online training courses for parents and professionals on language development for children with Down syndrome, and how to use the ‘See and Learn’ programmes to teach reading and language skills, early sound discrimination and speech production skills.  Please see their website for details of upcoming events:


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Summer/Autumn Term Dates

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Oct 6th 13th 20th 27th

3rd November (Half Term) - NO GROUP

Nov 10th 17th 24th       
Dec 1st 8th 15th  

**Please let your group leader know if you are unable to attend a session:

Danielle: 07849 785221

Sam: 07984 166509

Jill: 07873 134958

Laura: 07545 379277

Heather: 07733 472143


Friday Visitors

We regularly have visitors to our Friday sessions, whether they be healthcare professionals, friends from the community or old faces returning to have a catch up with us. We are pleased to announce the following visitors in the coming weeks and months

Health Visitor

Vicky Ingram (Physiotherapist) Friday 29th September