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Down's Syndrome

Down's Syndrome is a genetic condition that can cause learning difficulties and is distinguished by certain physical characteristics.

Our psychologists are specialists in child development which enables us to provide high quality and comprehensive assessments and interventions for children and young people with Down’s Syndrome.

What is Down's Syndrome?

Children with Down's Syndrome will also have some learning difficulties, though these will vary between individuals. Developmental delay may cause children with Down’s Syndrome to pick up certain skills slower than other children their age. For example; walking, talking, sitting and standing. They may also incur health problems such as heart disorders, thyroid problems, difficulties with hearing and vision and some recurrent infections, causing absences from education.

Our process

At HSR Psychology we ensure that we meet the needs of children and young people. To achieve this we ensure that any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work, is only carried out following an initial discussion.

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Having an initial discussion ensures any services we provide appropriately identify or address needs.

Our process for any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work is as follows:

Step 1: Contact us

We will usually be contacted by the child or young person, parent or carer, or another professional (eg education or health).

You can contact us or complete a referral

Step 2: Arrange an initial discussion

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Arrange an initial discussion

Step 3: Review our recommendations

Following an initial discussion we will send you an email that includes:

  • Next steps recommendations - to provide a bespoke package of support. For example:
    • Assessments
    • Reports
    • Information gathering
    • Meeting
    • Interventions
    • Consultancy
    • Reviews
  • Costing - we will provide costings for any services recommended.

Step 4: Let's get started

On receipt of the next steps recommendations and costing you can decide how to proceed. Once you have decided contact us to arrange the chosen services.

How are needs relating to Down's Syndrome assessed?

Down's Syndrome is diagnosed at birth within the hospital. At HSR Psychology we assess for a range of learning, emotional, language and sensory needs. For example we could assess whether a child or young person with Down's Syndrome has language or social needs, determine levels of developmental delay and any learning needs.

These assessments are conducted through observation, direct assessment and interaction with both the child or young person and their parents or carers. The specific assessments and techniques used will vary depending on the area of need being assessed. Areas to be assessed will be agreed during the initial discussion, and any questions can be answered then.

What happens after an assessment?

HSR Psychology assessments may find that your child would benefit from bespoke interventions or strategies to enhance and strengthen specific developmental areas. Following the assessment there will be an opportunity to discuss the outcome of the assessment and whether further interventions are required.

Our assessments do not diagnose Down's Syndrome. Assessment results will allow us to provide recommendations for interventions or adaptations to promote development and will be written up in a report.

What interventions do we support?

More information about the broad range of interventions we provide can be found here. To speak to a member of our team about specific interventions please contact us.

Arrange an Initial Discussion

Arrange an Initial Discussion to find out how we can help. The initial discussion lasts 1-1.5 hours, comes with a written recommendation summary and is a starting point to identify needs. The cost is £180.

  • No waiting lists
  • Experienced psychologists
  • Includes recommendation summary

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Children and young people with Down’s syndrome can be supported through focussed early interventions. Assessments are formed of standardised assessments, observations and questionnaires. Please contact us to book an initial discussion or to discuss your needs.

What makes us different

Access to a named psychologist

Focus on mental health and wellbeing

Joined-up approach

Bespoke services to meet needs

Multidisciplinary team

Holistic approach

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Flexible, consistent, and competitively priced

We provide bespoke solutions to suit all budgets and requirements for children and young people aged 0-25 in homes, education settings and the community. Our clinical, educational and child psychology services are cost effective.

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Make a referral

To make a referral and arrange an initial discussion please complete our referral form.

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Contact us

Ready to get started? The next step is to speak to our team to find out more about the services we provide and how we can help. Call us on 0161 820 9229 or email

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