An Introduction to Teaching Students with Down Syndrome, Primary

Primary Courses - General
Date Venue
25th September 2019 Dublin West Education Centre
2nd October 2019 Mayo Education Centre
4th October 2019 Blackrock Education Centre
8th October 2019 Donegal Education Centre
9th October 2019 Monaghan Education Centre
11th October 2019 Kilkenny Education Centre
17th October 2019 West Cork Education Centre
22nd October 2019 Clare Education Centre
14th November 2019 Limerick Education Centre
22nd November 2019 Athlone Education Centre
21st January 2020 Cork Education Support Centre
10th March 2020 Wexford Education Centre
Registration: 8.45 AM
Seminar begins: 9.15 AM
Seminar concludes : 3.15 PM

Course Description

This seminar is an overview of Down Syndrome. The content covers a wide range of topics relevant to teaching and learning and to the development of the child with Down Syndrome in a mainstream classroom


Anticipated Outcomes

  • To give information about Down Syndrome and the implication on the pupil 
  • To gain an understanding of Language and Communication for pupils with Down Syndrome
  • To provide teaching and learning strategies 
  • To discuss gross motor development, behaviour and social skills and resources for teaching pupils with Down Syndrome


Course Outline and Content

  • The nature of Down Syndrome; characteristics, aetiology and co-occurring needs
  • The learning profile of pupils with DS; strengths, needs and effective teaching strategies for self-help, scaffolding and task analysis
  • Language and communication for pupils with DS; language acquisition and development, strengths, needs and strategies to aid the development and practice of language
  • Learning and teaching strategies; exploration of strategies for accessing the curriculum for the teaching and learning of reading, writing and mathematical skills
  • Gross motor development; characteristics and strategies 
  • Behaviour and social skills; an overview of behaviour interventions and the hierarchy of social skills
  • Resources; websites, books, visuals and video demonstrations



Information for Applicants

The course is open to

  • Mainstream primary classroom teachers, Special Education Teachers who work with pupils with Down Syndrome.
  • Participants will require permission from the Board of Management to attend. Typically, substitution for this seminar will only be allowed to classroom teachers with primary responsibility for students with a special educational need and if it is deemed absolutely essential by the Principal
  • Typically substitution will only be allocated to non - substitute teachers
  • Payment is not available to teachers in a substitute capacity


Refreshments and lunch will be provided.