Working with children with Down syndrome in early childhood

Lack of previous experience with children with Down syndrome may cause apprehension when faced with the teaching/supporting a child with Down syndrome. However, after receiving training in the form of additional knowledge and practical strategies that address the common learning needs and developmental delays of children with Down syndrome, most staff report their experience was much less daunting.

This 2 ½ hour workshop offers up to date information and practical guidance for preschool educators working with children with Down syndrome from birth to school age. The workshop information and skills are also easily transferable for children with other disabilities within your classrooms.


Sheree O’Connor |Education Consultant

Sheree is an experienced primary school teacher who has worked in mainstream classroom environments and in the coordination and delivery of learning support programs. She has also provided advocacy and support for children and families to assist in meeting the educational and social needs of students. Sheree’s approachable nature coupled with her wealth of knowledge combine for an enjoyable and informative workshop.

Sue Blandford | Training and Information Manager

Sue has a Diploma of Counselling, majoring in Child Development, and has been providing family support services to families since 2004. Sue's young adult daughter Ashleigh has Down syndrome and attended childcare, kindergarten, mainstream primary school and a special secondary school. Sue’s practical ideas and own experiences add a personal touch to her workshops.

Topics covered

Parent perspective
Down Syndrome Victoria services
What is Down syndrome?
Current statistics, facts and myths
Medical issues
Supporting potential
Positive behaviour strategies
The power of language

“It was fantastic. Very helpful. And enjoyed the stories”

“Such a fabulous session – thank you”

"Could have listened to your stories all day”

“Excellent, duration great, covered all aspects and topics. Open and honest presenters”