Education professionals

Information, help and advice for education professionals working with children and teenagers with Down syndrome

In this section, you will find information on upcoming education conferences, a list of publications and useful resources and links to the relevant team members who can assist education professionals working with children and teenagers with Down syndrome.

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Including Me

The physical environment plays an important part in creating inclusive early childhood care and education settings. The physical environment includes toys, art materials, wall displays, books, and dolls. Positive, visible depictions of children with Down syndrome in the environment are essential to support their inclusion and meaningful participation. This short children’s book ‘Including Me’ was created by Graiguecullen Parish Childcare Centre. Having books like this (which can be handmade very easily) in your book corner provide opportunities for discussion, and support children’s identity.

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Including children with Down syndrome in early childhood care and education settings

This booklet is a useful resource that you can give to your childcare service. This booklet is useful regardless of whether your child attends a mainstream childcare service/preschool or a specialist service.

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Transition from pre-school to primary school

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Supporting children with Down syndrome in primary school

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Including teenagers with Down syndrome in your secondary school

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Guidelines for post-primary schools supporting students with special educational needs in mainstream schools

The Department of Education and Skills has produced a booklet entitled Guidelines for Post-primary schools Supporting Students with Special Educational Needs in Mainstream Schools.

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Guidelines for primary schools supporting pupils with special educational needs in mainstream schools

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