Upside Of Down

New Zealand Support for friends and family of people with Special Needs


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SPED Lifeskills program

Started by Keren Bolger in Learning & Resources Mar 5, 2019. 0 Replies

Hi everyone Our son is in Year 9 and is mostly in mainstream classes but also having one on one sessions using correspondence resources.The school has asked if we would prefer Joshua to work through the SPEC lifeskills program, instead of the…Continue


Started by winifred Annette Moffat in Learning & Resources. Last reply by winifred Annette Moffat Dec 19, 2018. 5 Replies

Has anyone had experience of these with a child with Down Syndrome ?  My grand daughter who is 6 blasts away on a mouth organ, just wondering if she'd get a tune out of a melodica.Continue

Advice on bicycles

Started by Marie Bonner in Learning & Resources Apr 3, 2018. 0 Replies

Our daughter is nearly 11 and is too big for a bike seat on the back of dad's bike. We have been trying to find a suitable substitute but aren't having too much luck.  Wondering if anyone has any suggestions?  There are a few options of trailer…Continue

New Plymouth, Taranaki

Started by Carey Homma in Off Topic! Nov 6, 2017. 0 Replies

HiAm going to be in Taranaki from Dec 6th and was wondering who the contact for the Taranaki branch of Down Syndrome is? Would love to get in touch and get some information and the ball rolling for our move home in April next year.ThanksCarey HommaContinue


Started by Carolyn Murphy in Medical Advice & Experiences. Last reply by Carolyn Murphy Aug 9, 2017. 2 Replies

Hi, my daughter is 17 years old and recently I have been thinking of contraception for her mainly for management of periods but also for down the track when she meets someone special and wants to be in a intimate relationship with.I would be keen to…Continue

Power of attorney for someone turning 18 soon

Started by Toni Dane in Feelings & Emotional Support. Last reply by Carolyn Murphy Aug 8, 2017. 3 Replies

Hi, just a question and advice please. My daughter turns 18 in 6 months and I was looking into what I thought was enduring power of attorney so I can continue to manage her care, finances etc after she is 18. Advice from the lawyer said it was going…Continue


Apple Apps

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Nikolai's experience being at Kindy.

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ORS Funding/Resources

It's been a while since someone had posted here but if there is anyone out there who can help I'd appreciate it.My son, Michael, is turning six in July and has just had ORS approved.  I'm having a little difficulty finding out what that means in terms of what is available and who the point of contact is to access what is available.  We have had good Early Intervention Support at kindy to this point (Support Worker time and fabulous experienced teachers) but the where-to from when he starts…See More
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