Support For Professionals

Our Services - For Professionals - Support For ProfessionalsDown’s Syndrome Scotland’s Family Support Service provides “all through life” support nationally across Scotland.

We undertake professional enquiries through various forms such as telephone, letter and e-mail . We don’t claim to be able to answer every single question immediately, but we are committed to making sure people get the information they need as soon as possible.  Enquiries dealt with previously have included:

  • Supporting New Parents (we provide new baby packs free to every maternity unit in Scotland. If you require these please get in touch)
  • Feeding – breast feeding, weaning, diet
  • Growth and developmental milestones
  • Health- screening and health conditions
  • Communication and Language development
  • Education issues – IEP Targets, classroom support strategies, differentiation, literacy and numeracy
  • Transitions planning
  • Positive behaviour management
  • Friendships and Relationships
  • Puberty
  • Growing Older
  • Staying Healthy
  • Dementia

We work jointly with a large variety of professionals supporting adults or children with Down’s syndrome, providing information, strategies and support, although not direct support to the child or adult.

Examples of our work include attending meetings to help transition process through education, joint visits with Health visitors to new parents, attending social work meetings with families to discuss care planning/assessments etc., attending annual reviews, child planning meetings, IEP or CSP reviews, where issues have arisen and we have been asked for input and many more.

Our service can support you so if you have a query, please contact your local Family Support Service Officer or phone us on 0131 442 8840 and we’ll be happy to help!

Another significant way we support professionals is through our consultation visits and training please see these pages for information.

Benefits of speaking to our Family Support Service

Support for Learning Leader, at a High School said:

We found Down’s Syndrome Scotland’s Family Support Service (FSS) input invaluable. They provided training and attendance at Young Person’s Planning Meetings during the transition process. Before we contacted DS Scotland, our main concerns were providing appropriately adapted materials to our pupil with Down’s syndrome and the pupil’s risk of becoming socially isolated. The Family Support Service put us in touch with two other mainstream schools who had success with this issue. The Family Support Service reassured us that with this case, the parents’ main priority was for their daughter to experience a mainstream secondary school. DS Scotland’s training is useful as it addresses concerns schools have such as how best to support a pupil with Down’s syndrome so that they achieve academically.”