An Introduction to Teaching Students with Down Syndrome, Primary

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.