Talk Time is a speech, language and communication group for children with Down’s Syndrome. It is run by our expert “Symbol” trained co-workers, who provide a very specialist speech and language session tailored to the learning profile of a child with Down’s Syndrome. Sessions run on a weekly basis throughout term time for children aged 6 months to 8 years.
Talk About is a youth group for young people with Down’s Syndrome from 11-18. These sessions currently run monthly (although it is hoped that they will become fortnightly). During these sessions there is an hour of communication-focused activities, run by our “Symbol” trained co-workers. This circle group model follows on from the speech and language groups for younger children.
The Annual Sport and Speech Camp offers intensive, specialist speech and language input from Symbol UK combined with a range of sporting activities to school aged children with Down’s Syndrome.
Following a hugely successful pilot project this year the Residential Camp for our young people, aged 12 – 20, will become an annual event. The camp offered intensive, specialist speech and language input from Symbol UK combined with a range of activities, including sports and drama, and the opportunity for our young people to spend time away from home in a safe environment.
Our school support team can support both primary and secondary schools to include pupils with Down’s Syndrome effectively in school life and learning; our team have experience of supporting children in a variety of settings and with a variety of challenges. The service can offer observations of pupils and provide recommendations and a report. Whole school ‘twilight’ sessions, teaching assistant sessions, follow-up reviews and remote support are also available.
These annual conferences are suitable for all staff involved in teaching and supporting pupils with Down’s Syndrome in both mainstream and special educational settings at primary and secondary stages. It is relevant to educational psychologists and other professionals involved in planning and managing input to schools as well as to parents of children with Down's Syndrome.
We hold targeted workshops, helping professionals and families to understand specific aspects of Down's Syndrome and to provide tools and techniques to help the development of our children.
As well as all the other services, 21 Plus offers a number of family social events throughout the year which provide our families with the opportunity to come together, share experiences and build friendships.