Our Mission Statement

We aim to provide information, support and friendship to people with Down syndrome and their families in Galway City and County, working towards an improved quality of life with respect and acceptance of people with Down syndrome as valued members of their community.

We recognise the importance of early intervention and developing communication ability.

We aim to create opportunities for social and personal inclusion and integration across the age spectrum

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CORONAVIRUS RESOURCE

We have developed an easy-read guide to help adults with #DownSyndrome understand the #coronavirus it includes links to videos & a guide to washing hands - Get the resource here: http://bit.ly/39NbZJR

#ShareTheJourney #FlattenTheCurve #COVID19ireland

@CcoHse @HSELive has clarified the clinical judgement of a GP will be respected in terms of Covid 19 testing for people with Down syndrome - https://bit.ly/2xplBwe #ShareTheJourney #Covid19 #FlattenTheCurve #DownSyndromeAwareness #HelpingTheVulnerable #HSE

With children and families staying home amid the pandemic, Lámh is offering free and open access to Lámh Signs Online until May 31st 2020. This resource has videos of all 580+ Lámh signs, including timely signs like Wash Hands, Space, Hot, Clean, and Doctor.

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TONY THE TURTLE 🐢 STAYS AT HOMETONY THE TURTLE 🐢 STAYS AT HOME

Thank you to Valerie Sheehan creator of the Tony the Turtle book series - Valerie has shared with us a free download to help parents explain the current world crisis to younger children.

'Tony Stays at Home' is a free PDF to help parents explain to their child, through the use of storytelling and illustration about the current reasons for social distancing and isolation practices, at this most unusual time in our lives.

Valerie is a professionally trained ASD tutor with 15 years of experience working with families and kids on the autistic spectrum. She is passionate about providing tools and educational resources for parents, carers, and teachers - Tony The Turtle book series is developed to help empower parents/teachers to manage everyday activities that a child may find challenging and overwhelming.

Thank you to Valerie for sharing this free download with us 👏💜☺️ get your copy of 'Tony Stays at Home' 🐢 here: bit.ly/2w1HfGu

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COVID-19 TESTING REQUIREMENTS FOR PEOPLE WITH DOWN SYNDROME – UPDATE FROM THE HSE

Down Syndrome Ireland have received clarification from the HSE that the clinical judgement of a GP will be respected in terms of Covid 19 testing for children and adults with Down syndrome.

Dr Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer with the HSE, in a letter to Down Syndrome Ireland said: “In addition to advising on management, your GP will be able to refer individuals for Covid-19 testing if they fit the case definition or if they clinically judge that specific conditions pertaining to the individual case are such that fever may be masked and there is evidence of an acute respiratory infection.”

DSI also contacted the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, who create the guidance that is online and disseminated to GPs via their HSE representatives. They have also advised that their team of specialist doctors have been made aware of the current testing guidelines for Covid 19 and how they may impact on children and adults with Down syndrome.

The advice remains the same and that is to self-isolate if symptomatic to break the transmission of virus and seek medical advice from your GP or specialist team if attending a specialist service. Non-symptomatic vulnerable groups are advised to significantly restrict their movements with specific advice for the most vulnerable groups (www.hpsc.ie).

#ShareTheJourney #Covid19 #FlattenTheCurve #DownSyndromeAwareness #HelpingTheVulnerable #HSECOVID-19 TESTING REQUIREMENTS FOR PEOPLE WITH DOWN SYNDROME – UPDATE FROM THE HSE

We have received clarification from the HSE that the clinical judgement of a GP will be respected in terms of Covid 19 testing for children and adults with Down syndrome.

Dr Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer with the HSE, in a letter to Down Syndrome Ireland said: “In addition to advising on management, your GP will be able to refer individuals for Covid-19 testing if they fit the case definition or if they clinically judge that specific conditions pertaining to the individual case are such that fever may be masked and there is evidence of an acute respiratory infection.”

We also contacted the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, who create the guidance that is online and disseminated to GPs via their HSE representatives. They have also advised us that their team of specialist doctors have been made aware of the current testing guidelines for Covid 19 and how they may impact on children and adults with Down syndrome.

The advice remains the same and that is to self-isolate if symptomatic to break the transmission of virus and seek medical advice from your GP or specialist team if attending a specialist service. Non-symptomatic vulnerable groups are advised to significantly restrict their movements with specific advice for the most vulnerable groups (www.hpsc.ie).

#ShareTheJourney #Covid19 #FlattenTheCurve #DownSyndromeAwareness #HelpingTheVulnerable #HSE
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COMMUNICATION DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES

Over the years, Olive Buckridge, DSI Early Years Specialist has used these activities in individual and group therapy sessions. These activities can be easily carried out at home as each activity is nice and short. You can do one, some or all of these activities. You may choose to do them daily or weekly, it’s completely up to you!

All you need for these activities is a little bit of space and toys/objects that you have in the house.COMMUNICATION DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES

Over the years, Olive Buckridge our Early Years Specialist has used these activities in individual and group therapy sessions. These activities can be easily carried out at home as each activity is nice and short. You can do one, some or all of these activities. You may choose to do them daily or weekly, it’s completely up to you!

All you need for these activities is a little bit of space and toys/objects that you have in the house.

Dear Parents - Please find some activities that you can use at home to promote your baby/toddler/child’s communication development - You will find all of the information/instructions on the activity sheet to download here: bit.ly/3dvED4x

The activities focus on eye-contact, naming, action songs, cause and effect and teaching some important songs.

Please enjoy 👏💜☺️ and stay safe.

For further information please contact Olive by email - olive@downsyndrome.ie

#ShareTheJourney #DSIChildrenResources #FlattenTheCurve #DownSyndrome #IsolationLearning

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