Supporting ākonga with Down syndrome

Build your skill in working with ākonga with Down syndrome.

Why this course is relevant for teachers and teacher aides

You may be supporting learners with Down syndrome. Understanding their specific needs and how to help them is key. In this introductory workshop, you will key information you need to know about Down syndrome and practical strategies you can use as a teacher aide.

What to expect

This is a half-day workshop. You will learn with and from others in this interactive workshop. The workshop will focus on building your key understanding and give you loads of practical support that you can start to implement with the ākonga you support. 

Learning outcomes

You will:

  • contribute to discussion on the characteristics associated with Down syndrome

  • understand positive behaviour support to de-escalate and defuse difficult situations

  • understand the terms ‘inclusion’ and ‘inclusive practice’ and be able to describe elements of an inclusive school setting

  • develop professional skills, trusting relationships and culturally appropriate ways of responding to whānau and ākonga with Down syndrome.

Who this course is for

This course is suitable for grade A, B, C, or D teacher aides.

This course is suitable for all teachers.

How this course is delivered

A face-to-face half-day workshop

How this course aligns to the Teacher Aide Competencies

This course connects to these competencies:

  • physical

  • behaviour

  • inclusion

  • wellbeing

  • learning support

  • cultural competence

  • professional skills

Teacher investment

Registrations are $200 + GST per person.

Teacher aide investment

This workshop costs $200 + GST per person.

Teacher aides who have applied for funding from the Ministry of Education. Please note you will NOT be able to enrol unless you have received your teacher aides' application reference number (ARN). This number is needed to register for this course.

For information on the process of applying for Ministry funding and to access the full terms and conditions, including details on possible travel costs, please visit the Ministry of Education's website.

Easy to follow application process

Click on the image below to see the easy to follow Teacher aide MOE PLD application process.

Teacher aide MOE PLD application process

MOE PLD funding flowchart

We are working on confirming a term two date. If you are interested, please email Andrea at