Redbridge SERC

Down’s Syndrome


Down's Syndrome is a genetic condition known as trisomy, where a person inherits an extra copy of one chromosome.

People with Down's Syndrome have three copies of chromosome 21 rather than 2.

This additional genetic material changes the balance of the body and this can impact upon physical and cognitive characteristics.

Fact sheets

Training / Help

Further help and support can be obtained from:

  • Early Years Assessment Service
  • Hatton Outreach Service
  • Little Heath Outreach Service
  • SALT
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Newbridge Outreach - motor needs
  • SERC- ICT support


Screenshot for video: Sofia Sanchez - I can do anything !

Sofia Sanchez - I can do anything !

Sofia Sanchez, who has Downs Syndrome has an inspirational message – good to share in Assembly

Screenshot for video: Tomcat adapted trikes

Tomcat adapted trikes

Tomcat Trikes in action

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Audrey Wagnon

Audrey Wagnon, Self-advocate on Down syndrome.

Learning Aids

Twinkl Website great resources

Twinkl Website great resources

Available from: Twinkl resources

Highly recommended This is a great site with great clear resources for Literacy, Numeracy, Assessment, Language, Rewards, Visual timetable, Curriculum areas


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The Football Association

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the physical characteristics of students who have Downs Syndrome?

    Characteristics of Down’s Syndrome

    • Flat facial profile
    • Eyes that slant upwards
    • Flat back of the head
    • Short broad hands with a single crease across the palm
    • Protruding tongue
    • Shorter than average population
  • Are babies with Down's Syndrome always born to older mothers?

    The chance of having a Down’s Syndrome baby increases with the age of the mother, especially over the age of 35.

    However many Down's Syndrome babies are born to younger mothers too.

  • How common is Down's Syndrome?

    It is not known why this abnormality occurs, but it affects @ 1 in 1,000 babies born in the UK, which is roughly 750 babies each year.

    It is one of the most common causes of learning disability.

  • Is there more than one type of Down's Syndrome?

    There are three types of this condition:

    • Regular trisomy 21

    All the cells have an extra chromosome 21.

    94 % of people with Down’s Syndrome have this type.

    • Translocation

    The extra chromosome 21 material is attached to another chromosome. This accounts for 4% of cases.

    • Mosaic

    Only some of the cells have an extra chromsome21, resulting in milder features.

Family Resources

Whizz Kids


Whizz-Kidz is a charity aiming to provide disabled children and young customised mobility equipment, training, advice and life skills.

This Charity provides equipment to children that is not available on the NHS. They also run Wheelchair training courses/ Mobility centres in Dagenham and Havering.

Downsyndrome extra 21- Highly recommended

0208 505 4258 Evette Saffron (Redbridge contact)
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Contact a family


A UK wide charity providing advice, information and support to parents of all disabled children. 

Outreach Services

Hatton Outreach Service

020 8551 4131
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This specialist outreach support and consultancy service provides support for individual pupils in mainstream primary schools.

The outreach service works with pupils who have a range of significant language, social and learning needs.

Some pupils may have a statement of special educational needs, while others will have significant needs and working at school action plus.

Occupational Therapy

020 8924 6111

The Occupational Therapy Team are now based at Redbridge Child Development Centre (0 -19yrs), previously known as The Kenwood Centre in Barkingside.

Early Years Advisory and Support Services ( EYASS)

0208 478 8882

Age range of pupils they support: 3- 5 yrs

Students they support: The Early Years Advisory and Support Service (EYASS) support children with complex special needs within their school nursery or reception class.

The service can offer support in the following ways:

  • support for children at Early Years Action Plus stage
  • support for children undergoing Statutory Assessment
  • monitoring and advice to schools

How can pupils get referred to this service ? Pupils must be referred to this service from the Pre School Liaison Group via the Educational Psychology Service.