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Our In-Depth training days offer a more detailed look at some of the topics covered in our general overview training. We cover a review of the evidence and research on this topic and these days include more opportunity for discussion and individual application through interactive workshops.  The following Pre-School training sessions are typically offered as half day sessions or twilight training sessions, however two or three sessions can be combined to create a training day.

 

Play and Cognition

 

This course is designed to promote the use of evidence based strategies to promote learning through play and the importance of additional practice.  It will include how to scaffold play skills and set up appropriate learning activities in the home at nursery.  How to incorporate individual targets into play and everyday routines and experiences. As well as covering what is needed to be a successful play partner whilst developing independence and social skills.  

 

Play and Fine Motor

 

This course is designed to promote the use of evidence based strategies to promote learning through play and become a competent play partner.  It will include how to scaffold play skills and set up appropriate learning activities in the home and at nursery. Children with Down syndrome can have difficulties processing the information they receive from their senses and then co-ordinating their movements which impacts on their play development. Their motor-neuro pathways take longer to become established and the session will cover identifying appropriate targets, breaking activities into smaller steps and achieving more practice to develop and establish these pathways.  

 

Developing early numeracy skills

 

This session covers numeracy development in children with Down syndrome and how best to support understanding and the use of early number skills.  It includes practical ideas and examples for teaching early number including examples of activities for home and pre-school, guidance on tailoring activities to support strengths/weaknesses as well as suggestions for resources such as Numicon and See and Learn Number.    

 

Encouraging positive social skills and managing challenging behaviour

 

This session covers the social strengths typically seen in children with Down syndrome and how to promote positive behaviour.  The session will cover; the social understanding of children with Down syndrome; building on these early strengths; and ensuring positive social experiences.  In addition we will discuss; the typical behaviours seen in the early years; strategies to promote positive behaviour; and how to manage challenging behaviours when they occur.

 

Transition  

 

This session focusses on putting into place and supporting a positive transition from pre-school to school.  The session will include;

  • The key elements of a successful transition plan to ensure that the child, family and school are prepared for September.  

  • Useful resources and strategies to promote the child’s strengths and overcome difficulties on the lead up to and commencement of school in September.

  • How to develop positive communication systems and support schools to successfully include your child.    

  • Realistic expectations for the family and the school.

  • Enjoying the school experience - supporting full inclusion from the beginning.  

 

In-Depth Training: Pre-School Aged

"Very well delivered, clear handouts and lovely style of delivery. You always teach me so much."

"A fantastic insight into children with Down syndrome. I feel more confident now for my new pupil."

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