Offering a wide range of therapies, educational programmes, social and recreational opportunities to children with Down syndrome and their families
We provide approved approaches at the earliest opportunity to assist children with Down Syndrome in achieving developmental milestones throughout their journey to adulthood – reaching their full potential and participating in society. Our team of qualified speech & language therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and teachers provide personalised services that evolve with each child’s growth.
Our multidisciplinary team also supports families through professional guidance on being the parent or sibling of a child with Down Syndrome. Workshops and webinars cover essential topics such as understanding Down syndrome, communication, behaviour management and fostering social inclusion. Our centres also provide a space for peer support and networking opportunities, building a community where families can share their stories with others who understand and empathise.
DSC services are consistent with the HSE’s Progressing Disability Services for Children & Young People programme (PDS) which envisages services being provided in conjunction with the community and voluntary sector. Children’s Disability Network Teams cannot refer children to us, however they make families on waiting lists aware of our services. We also support special and mainstream schools in delivering special needs education and promoting inclusion.
Our services also help the State meet its obligations to implement the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRP) and the European Pillar on Social Rights.
Initial and Review Assessments
Speech & Language Therapy
Physiotherapy / Joint Therapy
Therapist School Visits
SKIP (Special Kids Intervention Programme) S&L & OT therapy-led programme to prepare children for mainstream school)
Team 21 Tots (parent and toddler group led by Montessori teacher)
Stepping Stones (OT & S&L led early development programme for 6-18 months)
Teens Programme (Therapy-led programme life skills programme)
OT and S&L led Summer and Easter Workshops/Camps
Parent Advice Clinic
Sibling Workshops (peer support and education)
Special Needs Trust Planning Workshop
Parents’ Stammer Evening
Introduction to Assisted Devices
Navigating Behavioural Challenges
Puberty & Sexuality
Transition to Primary School
Timely achievement of developmental milestones such as cognitive, linguistic, communicative, motor and social skills
Identifies and reduces risk of secondary health issues such as underdeveloped muscle tissue, body misalignment, obesity and heart disease
Sets the foundation for improved outcomes in education, employment, social inclusion, participation and independence
Fosters positive self-image and sense of belonging
Improved wellbeing and quality of life for children and their families
Empowers families to understand and meet the unique needs of their children
Creates a social outlet and sense of community and peer support among children with Down syndrome and their families
Take a look at what happens in our centres by checking out our videos below!