Available Courses

We are delighted to be able to offer an online training programme for the summer term, delivered via Zoom. Wherever possible we ask that you use our online booking system (https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/downrightspecial) to reserve places as this helps enormously with our admin time and costs.

Contact us for rates if you are booking for more than 8 people from one setting or would like to arrange INSET training.

If you have any questions about our training then email training@downrightspecial.co.uk, or call us on 01482 420160.


Downright Special Online Training Summer Term 2021


Preparing for Successful Transition

Thursday 10th June 2021 (3.30pm - 4.30pm)

Planning early for transition facilitates effective liaison and better inclusion.

This training aims to:

  • Explore the key considerations for transition
  • Facilitate the opportunity to draw up a personalised transition plan for the child you are working with

Cost: £15.00 per person

Book here: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/downrightspecial/t-jnlaay


What is Sensory Integration?

Thursday 17th June 2021 (3.30pm - 5.00pm)

Sensory integration affects how an individual perceives their body and the world outside, their capacity to learn new skills and develop adaptive behaviours, and how they move, think, act, feel and relate to others (Ayres, 1995).

This training aims to explore:

  • Sensory integration and the different sensory systems
  • Sensory integration and Down Syndrome
  • The impact of sensory integration difficulties on daily life
  • What to look out for
  • Practical strategies and equipment to support optimal levels of arousal

Cost: £15.00 per person

Book here: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/downrightspecial/t-enmkgo


Colourful Semantics for children with Down syndrome - Zoom online course

Thursday 24th June 2021 (3.30pm - 4.30pm)

Common features of delay in language acquisition includes, among other things, difficulties in learning the rules of grammar and greater problems in understanding the meaning of words.

This training aims to explore:

  • Colourful semantics as a way to teach sentence structure and understanding of word meanings.
  • A variety of ways in which colourful semantics can be used with individuals and small groups to support grammatical understanding and language acquisition.

Cost: £15.00 per person

Book here: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/downrightspecial/t-lpmjjp


Curriculum Access and Differentiation - Zoom online course

Thursday 1st July 2021 (3.30pm - 4.45pm)

‘In order to ensure that pupils with Down’s syndrome can access the curriculum many activities and objectives will need to be modified and adapted to the pupil’s level of understanding’ (Down’s Syndrome Association and Down’s Syndrome Scotland).

This training aims to explore:

  • Requirements of effective differentiation
  • Jerome Bruner’s CPA approach and the benefits of Bar Models
  • Differentiated planning in the science curriculum
  • Key principles for differentiation

Cost: £15.00 per person

Book here: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/downrightspecial/t-nrgnnp


Introduction to Working with Children with Down Syndrome - Zoom online course

Thursday 8th July 2021 (3.30pm - 5.30pm) & Thursday 15th July (3.30pm - 5.30pm)

Educating children with Down syndrome can present us with unfamiliar challenges.

  • How exactly do we provide the right type of curriculum with appropriate levels of expectation?
  • What does good practice look like? What are the keys to unlocking a child’s learning potential?

Delivered by Downright Special staff, this training will cover key facts about the multifaceted nature of Down syndrome and an in-depth exploration of the learning profile for Down syndrome and its implications for classroom practice.

We would recommend that teachers and teaching assistants attend the course together as the session covers issues of both classroom and one to one practice. SENCOs are also invited to attend.

Cost: £15.00 per person

Book here for Thursday 8th July: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/downrightspecial/t-zrdnnv

Book here for Thursday 15th July: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/downrightspecial/t-knmggv


Sensory Processing Training for Parents & Carers

Tuesday 13th July 2021 (7.00pm - 9.00pm)

Dr Ayres (1972) describes Sensory Integration as “the organization of sensations for use. The neurological process that organises sensation from one’s own body and from the environment and makes it possible to use the body effectively within the environment”. It helps us to do the things we need to do in our everyday life.

Difficulties can occur when this complex system does not receive, process or integrate the information from the body and environment effectively. Sometimes there is not enough or there is too much information and this impacts on the individual’s response to the sensory input.

Delegates will:

  • Develop an understanding of the theory of sensory processing, including the neuroscience that underpins sensory integration
  • Consider how sensory processing difficulties may be impacting on children and young people including their gross and fine motor skills, attention and behaviour
  • Consider a range of strategies which can be implemented into the home environment to support sensory needs
  • Consider a range of strategies which will enable a child to the curriculum to their optimum ability

There will be a question and answer session at the end.

Delivered via MS Teams by Scarlett Leedham, Connect Specialist Therapy Services.

Cost: Free for Downright Special registered families. £5.00 for others

Book here: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/downrightspecial/sensory-processing-training-for-parents-carers/e-ejgoal


INSET Training

We are pleased to offer a range of courses as INSET training for schools, pre-schools or nurseries in Hull and East Yorkshire, including:

  • Working Memory
  • Supporting Positive Behaviour
  • Language for Thinking
  • Language and Communication
  • Coordination Difficulties
  • Curriculum Access & Differentiation
  • Colourful Semantics
  • Growing, Changing & Keeping Safe
  • Introduction to Signing
  • Introduction to Numicon for Early Years Settings

Depending on staff availability we may be able to offer training out-of-area. Although our training makes special reference to children with Down syndrome many of the difficulties covered will be common to other children with special educational needs. Training is delivered on site during the school day or as a twilight session. (We may also be able to deliver these sessions remotely via video-conference. Please contact us for rates and to discuss your needs.) Click here to download full details of our INSET training and costs.


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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:


Down Syndrome Awareness Week March 2021

Down Syndrome Awareness Week was 15th - 21st March 2021. Click here to find out more.


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Friday Sessions

During the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, our Groups are now a mixture of online and Face to Face sessions. Contact us for more details.

Can't attend a session?

Please let us know if you cannot attend a session - either contact your group leader direct, or contact the office on 01482 420160 or office@downrightspecial.co.uk

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.