Supporting People with Down Syndrome

Producer: Embrace Learning

Duration: 3 hours.
This product is an online product and is a single-user, 1-year licence.
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Aimed at people working in the health and social care sectors, the training course has been developed in association with British Institute of Learning Disabilities and Voyage Care.

This e-learning training course explores what Down Syndrome means to the people who have the condition. It includes a series of audio clips of interviews with Marianne and Lois, who explain how it feels and the impact it has on their lives. Gaining a better understanding of the condition will help learners to provide people with the help and support they need.

The training course examines how Down Syndrome can affect an individual in terms of their health (in both the short and long term), their general safety and their ability to communicate, and considers ways in which learners can help people overcome some of their difficulties.

The training course also looks at how a person-centred approach to planning support is beneficial, what is meant by the term 'circles of support' and how these can be used to plan how to meet a person's needs.

In addition, the training course examines how integration into the community, 'time banks' and employment possibilities can help people with Down Syndrome to live more fulfilling lives.

Please Note: The demo link for this title is representative of the courseware but does not give access to the actual course.

The recommended settings to run this course are:

- Minimum Internet Explorer 6/Netscape Navigator 7
- Flash enabled – Minimum V6
- Popup windows enabled
- Minimum Windows 2000 Operating System
- Authorware may also need to be installed for some courses


The study units are:

- Understanding Down Syndrome and offering support
- Assessing and improving support
- Communication and making choices


The objectives for each study unit are that learners will be able to:

- List the main things that people with Down Syndrome want and need from their support networks
- Identify the skills required to support someone with Down Syndrome effectively
- Describe the impacts of Down Syndrome and the difficulties that can arise
- Recognise when someone is a victim of hate crime and take appropriate steps to prevent it
- Explain how support workers can make things easier for people with Down Syndrome
- Differentiate between fact and fiction in relation to some preconceived ideas about people with Down Syndrome
- Describe what a person-centred approach to support is
- Explain what 'circles of support' are and how they can be used to
assess a person's needs
- List the purpose of time banks and identify how they can be beneficial to many people with Down Syndrome
- Describe how best to help people with Down Syndrome to communicate effectively and make important decisions
- Explain how person-centred planning can benefit people they support
- Identify the purpose of health action plans
- Suggest ways of helping people to integrate and succeed in finding work

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