Down Syndrome Queensland offers a range of different information and training sessions. Our regular training events and workshops are listed on our events page but we can also do sessions on demand for professionals, community groups and other organisations.
With experience in presenting and speaking at events, our team offers a variety of perspectives and experience to give their audiences insight into working with individuals with Down syndrome. The practical hints and tips and the personal experiences shared during the sessions are invaluable in helping them to better perform their role.
Below are our most popular sessions but we can tailor topics to meet your training needs for varying fees depending on your requirements.
If you are interested in booking one of our team to present at your next event please complete a 'Training Request Form'.
Understanding Down syndrome – 1 hour
This session aims to increase participants’ understanding of what Down syndrome is, the characteristics associated with it and the implications of these characteristics. There is a strong focus on practical strategies for supporting people with Down syndrome in a range of contexts.
Down syndrome in an Educational Context – 1 hour
This session provides an overview of what Down syndrome is and its implications in an educational context. A range of practical strategies are provided to maximise outcomes for learners with Down syndrome.
Down syndrome in an Employment Setting – 2 hours
This session provides an overview of what Down syndrome is and how a person with Down syndrome can be supported in a work environment. A range of practical strategies are provided to maximise outcomes for employees with Down syndrome, along with information about the supports that are available to employers.
Visual Supports – 2 hours
Visuals are a fantastic strategy used to support communication, understanding and behaviour of students with Down syndrome. Research identifies students with Down syndrome have better visual short term memory and this strength can be enhanced with the use of visual supports in the classroom. There will be an overview of communication supports and visual aids such as Choice Boards, First/Then strategies, Reward Charts and Visual Schedules.
Positive Behaviour Outcomes – 2 hours
This session will aim to identify and provide insight into why there are common areas where those with Down syndrome are challenged within the classroom, employment or organisation setting. There will be a strong focus on practical strategies and a range of visual supports that can be incorporated to assist those with Down syndrome to succeed with positive behaviour outcomes.
Down syndrome for Health Professionals – 2 hours
This session is an interactive session for health professionals such as doctors, nurses, midwives, paediatricians, sonographers and genetic counsellors. We aim to provide information about the human side of Down syndrome, what it means to parent a child with Down syndrome and what it means to have Down syndrome. We will discuss issues around diagnosis and how to support a family in this period and into the future.d
Teaching Reading – an Introduction to Reading Our Way – 2 hours
This session introduces strategies and activities for teaching reading. The visual approach of Reading Our Way is based on the latest research into teaching reading to students with Down syndrome. It includes an overview of the Reading Our Way program – a program designed specifically for teaching reading to students with Down syndrome and other visual learners.
Implementing Reading Our Way Training – 1 hour
This session covers practical strategies to implement the Reading Our Way program. Specific language activities, games and extension ideas, all designed for teaching reading to students with Down syndrome and other visual learners.