Online Education Seminars

Welcome to our dedicated section of online video resources for teachers and parents with a number of key points regarding the various educational stages for children with Down syndrome. 

The DSI seminars have been developed by three members of our Member Support Team – Nicola Hart (Head of Member Support); Olive Buckeridge (Early Years Specialist) and Fidelma Brady (Education Specialist).

Below you will find seminars available on the following topics:

  • Literacy & Numeracy at Primary School
  • In- Class Behaviour Management
  • Specific Learning Needs of the Student with Down Syndrome
  • Pathway through Junior Cycle
  • Managing the Transition from Primary to Post Primary School
  • Accessing the Curriculum – Differentiation of Work
  • Strategies and Supports for Children Transitioning to Mainstream Primary School
  • Language & Communication
  • Managing Vision & Hearing Issues
  • Introduction to Behaviour 
  • Mental Well Being 
  • Dual Diagnosis

 

Each one will provide you with a brief overview of the topics mentioned.

 


 

DSI Seminar: Literacy & Numeracy at Primary School

This presentation will give an overview of approaches to literacy and numeracy for children with Down syndrome at primary school. It will be useful for both parents and teachers.

 

DSI Seminar: In-Class Behaviour Management

This presentation provides information for educators and family members on understanding, changing and teaching behaviour, both in school and home settings.

 

DSI Seminar: Specific Learning Needs of the Student with Down syndrome

This presentation gives an overview of the specific cognitive or learning profile typical of children with Down syndrome and will be of use to both parents and teachers.

 

DSI Seminar: Pathway through Junior Cycle

This presentation outlines possible options for children with Down syndrome as they start the post-primary stage of their education journey. Topics addressed include subject choices and the L2LP learning programme. It will be of use to both parents and teachers.

 

DSI Seminar: Managing the Transition from Primary to Post Primary School

This presentation outlines suggested preparation and planning strategies to ensure the smooth transition of pupils from primary to post primary school. It will be of use to both parents and teachers.

 

DSI Seminar: Accessing the Curriculum – Differentiation of Work

This presentation outlines suggested ways of adapting teaching and learning enabling the student with Down syndrome to participate in the curriculum with their peers. It will be useful for both parents and teachers

 

DSI Seminar: Strategies and Supports for Children Transitioning to Mainstream Primary School

 

DSI Seminar: Language & Communication

This presentation is about the speech, language and communication issues that may arise with students who have Down syndrome. It is likely to be useful for education professionals and parents. Further information on supporting speech and language development is available.

 

DSI Seminar: Managing Vision & Hearing Issues

This presentation is about the visual and hearing difficulties that students with Down syndrome may experience, and how you might need to make changes in the classroom. This will be useful for parents and teachers – further support information on hearing and vision can be found on our site. 

 

DSI Seminar: Introduction to Behaviour

This presentation is about understanding common behavioural issues that can arise with children who have Down syndrome, and taking steps to address behaviours that interfere with learning.

 

DSI Seminar: Mental Well Being

This is a short presentation focusing on the elements needed to support mental wellbeing and the additional challenges that might be faced by students who have Down syndrome. It is likely to be particularly relevant for people working with students in the later stages of primary school, in post-primary school and with young adults.

 

DSI Seminar: Dual Diagnosis

This is an introduction to supporting students with a dual diagnosis in an educational setting, which will be useful for teachers and parents. Further information can be found regarding research by the National Down syndrome society on the topic of Dual Diagnosis of Down syndrome and Autism  – you may also wish to read this news item from Down Syndrome Education International on the Difficulties with diagnosis.