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Our Primary Development Groups are aimed at primary aged children, Year 1 to Year 6. The groups focus mainly on speech and language but we also work on reading skills as they help children improve their communication skills. Each group runs for eight weeks on Wednesdays in term time. The groups are no larger than four children and are run by Colette Lloyd. Marion Simon is the group coordinator. 

How does it work?

At the start of the academic year we will ask parents by email to indicate on the DSO database whether they are interested in their child participating in one of the groups that year. We organise the groups based on the children’s ability, location and age. Parents are responsible for organising transport for their child. The groups are held at one of the schools of one (or more) of the children. Marion and Colette will work together to set up the groups and Marion will let the parents know where and when their child will attend their group.

Who attends these groups?

Each child will attend with either a parent or a teaching assistant (you can both come at separate times, but one adult per child at a time is preferred). The advantage of the teaching assistant attending is that the groups also offer opportunity for on-the-job training, and discussion about particular classroom issues. 

What do we focus on during the sessions?

Sessions are topic or book based. If you notify Colette of topics coming up at school, these can sometimes be incorporated into the session. Colette will also always try to incorporate the child's NHS speech and language therapy targets into the session, so for that reason she will ask for the latest SALT reports. Colette would also like email addresses of anyone who is involved with the child e.g. SENSS/complex needs officer, TAs, teachers, SENCO, so that she can copy them in to feedback about the child whilst the group is running. 

What do the groups cost?

The groups are heavily subsidised by Down’s Syndrome Oxford but we do ask for a £5 contribution from parents per session. We invoice for the eight sessions at the start of the sessions. We don’t want any child to miss out because of financial constraints, so please do sign your child up even if you think you won’t be able to afford the lessons and get in touch with Marion Simon to discuss this. 

How do we sign up?

If you’d like to sign your child up, you need to first ensure you are enrolled as a Parent or Carer on our membership database, providing your child's details as well, and fill in the development group information (school, contact at school etc). Please note if you are already enrolled there is no need to do so again, and if you are in any doubt please check with our membership secretary first.

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