Current Training and Courses

The following training is currently available and is appropriate for both parents and professionals:

  • Including Children with Down Syndrome - An Introduction
  • Reading, Language Intervention for Children with Down Syndrome
  • Signing and Children with Down syndrome
  • Using Visual Resources to Develop Language Skills in Children with Down Syndrome 
  • Teaching Numeracy to Children with Down Syndrome using the Numicon Approach
  • The Inclusion of Children with Down Syndrome - Expectations of Behaviour
  • What time is it? Teaching children with Down Syndrome and other Learning Disabilities how to tell the time 
  • Sexuality Relations Education (SRE) and Children with Down Syndrome
  • Clicker 6
  • Toilet Training for all Ages
  • In School Training for Pupils and Teachers.
  • Train The Trainers Day

Also see our  Spring/Summer 2017 Training Booklet

Booking forms can be found below each course description and will open as word documents. If you find a link is not working please contact the office to book on a course - or 01274 561308. Feedback from last years sessions and groups has been very positive. To view some of our evaluations, click on the following link to our progress report.


Signing and Children with Down Syndrome

This course is over two mornings:

Thursday 15th June, and Wednesday 21st June,

9.30 to 11.30 

Session 1 (2 hours) will cover why we use signing with children with Down syndrome and the signs for manners, animals, home, food, family and other people, and the alphabet.

Session 2 (2 hours) will cover signs for the school day, colours, descriptions, time/days, questions and connective/link words. Followed by a brief software demonstration of Speaking For Myself

Both sessions will include practice of useful phrases and familiar children's songs.

Teaching basic numeracy to children with Down syndrome and other learning difficulties using the Numicon approach. Numbers up to 10

Friday 16th June, 9.30 to 12.30pm

The morning will cover how we learn to count, the challenges and basic number skills up to 10. It will introduce the Numicon Foundation Kit and include practical activities and suggestions to promote numeracy. It is relevant for staff and parents working with children aged birth upwards who are still working with numbers up to 10.

COST: £60 per professional (£15 for second person from same school)/£15 per family member. 

A memory stick of resources is available for £7.

Teaching basic numeracy to children with Down

syndrome and other learning difficulties using the Numicon approach. Beyond 10, time and money

Friday 23th June, 9.30 to 3pm

The morning will cover counting beyond 10, introducing two digit numbers, addition and subtraction, counting in 10s,  introducing place value and look at realistic targets for children with Down syndrome in this area.

After lunch detailed programmes developed by Wendy Uttley to teach time and money will be outlined. We will use some of the activities and resources from the programmes to illustrate how to teach these two necessary life skills. 

COST: £95 per professional (£30 for second person from same school)/£30 per family member. Lunch included in price of this day.

A Memory stick of the time and money programme and resources is available for £14

BOTH NUMBER DAYS CAN  BE ATTENDED FOR THE  REDUCED COST OF £120 per professional (£40 for a second person from same school)/£40 per family member



Clicker 6 (and 7) (limited to ten places)

Course is over two mornings

Thursdays 29th June and 6th July, 9.30 to 12.30.

 Clicker 6 is a fantastic programme enabling users to build their own sentences, make taking books by recording their own voices, make word and picture banks for topics and much more. This morning will introduce Clicker 6 and demonstrate its many features. It will include activities to help you create word banks, sentence building grids, talking books and picture/word/sound matching activities. We have limited access to Clicker 6 at the Centre, however if you already have Clicker 6 loaded on a laptop we encourage you to bring it along.  Please let us know when you book whether you are able to do so or not


Toilet Training for all Ages

Free for parents

Fridays 30th June, 7th and 14th July 2017, 10am to 12pm


Two hours a week for three weeks and be limited to ten people.

Do you need help toilet training your child? Whether it be a young child just starting or an older child who still needs to develop skills towards independent toileting you are welcome to join us.  Sessions will run over three weeks and cover how the bladder develops, skills needed to use the toilet, tips training, constipation, days and night time wetting and set targets for each child. There will also be opportunities to support each other, share ideas and resources and monitor progress.  A creche is available at a cost of £10 per child per session. 

booking form



In school training for pupils and teachers. - Tailored inset training is available, please contact the office for details.

School Assemblies: 

(1/2 hour) Introduction to Down syndrome for primary schools. Introduction to Down syndrome for secondary schools. Either session will cover what Down syndrome is and what it means to have Down syndrome with time for questions and answers.     To book inset or Assemblies, please contact the office - 01274 561308

Wendy Uttley or Wendy Rhodes

Tel: 01274 561308

Address: The Pamela Sunter Centre, 2 Whitley Street, Bingley, West Yorkshire, BD16 4JH
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