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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Supporting Students with Down syndrome in Special Schools

Our Supporting students with Down syndrome in special schools booklet provides parents and educators with information and advise on how to help students with Down syndrome thrive in special education settings. It also provides suggestions for intervention for children with a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

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Getting ready for Post Primary School – My Workbook

A very useful tool to help ease the transition from primary to post primary school is preparing a ‘Getting Ready for Post Primary School – My Workbook’. Print off this workbook and personalise it with information, pictures and other useful tips and it can be used to prepare students for the move.

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Supporting students with Down syndrome in post primary school

Our Supporting students with Down syndrome in post primary school booklet provides educators and parents alike with information and advise on how to help students with Down syndrome thrive in mainstream education settings. There is information about Down syndrome, about the learning profile and about various issues which might interfere with a student’s ability to access the curriculum. Topics covered include literacy; numeracy; movement, sport and leisure; managing behaviour and social and emotional development. It also provides a pathway to Junior Cycle. With each chapter, there are suggestions of practical, manageable ways to help.

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Supporting Students with Down syndrome transition from primary to post primary school

The move from primary to post primary school can often be difficult for any student. For a student with Down syndrome, that bit of extra thought, planning and preparation will help ease this transition – to the benefit of both the new arrival and the school. Our Supporting Students with Down syndrome transition from primary to post primary school booklet outlines some simple initiatives and practical steps teachers and parents can take to support students.

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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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