Fun With Numbers

Fun with Numbers is a fun way of working with numbers through games and creative learning aids. It is a light-hearted way of learning basic number skills like counting, adding, and subtraction, incorporating concepts of division and multiplication. Fun with Numbers presents opportunities for using life skills like following a recipe using measurements and time, along with planning journeys and using money.

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We have set up the following age groupings however if your child’s age falls outside these categories we will still try to accommodate, it’s not too late to get in touch. 

There are 2 sessions per week on Mondays and Thursdays.

The times of the sessions are as follows:

Junior Group Ages  8-11. 2pm Mondays
Senior Group Ages 12 and up. 4pm Thursdays

The thought is that Deirdre will target older children on a Thursday and younger children on a Monday, however all children are welcome to participate in either or both sessions each week if you think the content is suitable.


Down Syndrome Louth Meath will cover the cost of the sessions, so there will be no cost to parents for those four weeks. We will review at the end of 4 weeks and will welcome your feedback.

The students will need some materials ahead of the sessions, but Deirdre will let you know ahead of time what will  be needed – it will all be inexpensive stuff that you may already have or can recycle around the house or will be able to get in the likes of Dealz. Deirdre will  also send links for printable materials, should any member not have access to a printer please contact us immediately when Deirdre posts links to printables  and we can arrange to have them posted to you.

We have set up a WhatsApp group for the groups, so that Deirdre can fill you in on what materials are needed and send you the Zoom ID and password.  Deirdre posts a video each week explaining about materials required.

Please contact Brendan on secretarydslm@gmail.com if you would like your child to take part with the following details.

Child Name:

Parents name:

Telephone number for WhatsApp Group:Child’s age:

Email Address:

  • If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.  

Fun with Numbers

Thank you for expressing interest in taking part in the Fun With Numbers Zoom workshops.

We had a lot of interest, especially from our teenage members, so we have set up the following age groupings however if your child’s age falls outside these categories we will still try to accommodate, it’s not too late to get in touch.

The workshops will be taking place on Thursdays with the first session scheduled for Thursday 5th November .

The times of the sessions are as follows:

Ages 8-11 – 3.30pm

Ages 12-18 – 4.30pm

Down Syndrome Louth Meath will cover the cost of the four weeks so there will be no cost to parents for those four weeks. We will review at the end of 4 weeks and will welcome your feedback.

The students will need some materials ahead of the sessions, but Deirdre will let you know ahead of time what will be needed – it will all be inexpensive stuff that you may already have or can recycle around the house or will be able to get in the likes of Dealz.

Deirdre will also send links for printable materials, should any member not have access to a printer please contact us immediately when Deirdre posts links to printables and we can arrange to have them posted to you.

We will be setting up a WhatsApp group for each age group, so that Deirdre can fill you in on what materials are needed and send you the Zoom ID and password. Deirdre posts a video each week explaining about materials required.

Please let me know if you would like your child to take part. I will need the following details by return of email as soon as possible.

Child Name:

Parents name and telephone number for WhatsApp Group:

Child’s age:

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me secretarydslm@gmail.com.

Zoom Session for Parents & Toddlers on Tuesdays

Olive Buckeridge, DSI Early Years Specialist runs a weekly Louth/Meath Zoom Session for Parents & Toddlers on Tuesday each week on Zoom.

The next Session will be on Tomorrow Tuesday 26th May at 11.15.

The sessions are informal with lots of Singing, Signing and some Vocabulary and there is no limit on the numbers just that they are for Parents and Toddlers.

Olive want to stress that Parents can dip in and out of them and use them as a support.

The Log-In details have been sent out by email. If you have not received the email please contact Brendan on secretarydslm@gmail.com to receive it.

Parent/Toddler Group by Olive Buckeridge for our Branch

Olive Buckeridge, DSI Early Years Specialist will run a weekly Louth/Meath Zoom Session for Parents & Toddlers on Tuesday each week on Zoom.

The first Session will be on Tuesday 19th May at 11.15. 

The sessions are informal with lots of  Singing, Signing and some Vocabulary and there is no limit on the numbers just that they are for Parents and Toddlers.

Olive want to stress that Parents can dip in and out of them and use them as a support. 


Olive will send a link with a Password each week to the Branch and we will send it on to our Parents and Toddlers.

Activities to Promote Communication

These activities are designed to promote your baby/toddler/child’s communication development. These activities can be easily carried out at home as each activity is nice and short. You can do one, some or all of these activities. You may choose to do them daily or weekly, it’s completely up to you!

All you need for these activities is a little bit of space and toys/objects that you have in the house.


Activities to Promote Communication 1


We are going to focus on eye-contact, naming, action songs, cause and effect and teaching some important songs – “Hello song” and “The Clean-up Song”.

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Activities to Promote Communication 2

If you are still working through the previous activities, don’t worry, you can start the following activities when your child is ready. You can also start these activities if you need a change and are feeling demotivated! Follow your child’s lead.

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Activities to Promote Communication 3

This week we will be focusing on positive interaction through song, taking turns, cooking and much more.

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DSI co-signs a document on Ireland’s obligations under the UNCRPD

Down Syndrome Ireland has co-signed a document on the rights of people with disabilities during the COVID-19 period. The statement calls on the government to adhere to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and in particular:

  • Provide full accessible information on all aspects of COVID-19
  • Ensure equal treatment in the provision of healthcare
  • Ensure people with disabilities are involved in decisions about their treatment    
  • Provide support for families caring for a person with a disability, including social and educational supports
  • Provide advocacy services as needed

Read the full statement from disability organisations, including DSI, and activists regarding Ireland’s obligations under the UNCRPD and calling on the government to take specific actions to ensure rights are protected and promoted during the pandemic.

Tons of Fun Tots welcomes an unexpected guest …

There was great excitement at the Tons of Fun Tots playgroup during its last session when a certain someone in a familiar red suit paid an unexpected visit to some of the youngest members of the DSI Louth Meath Branch.

We had a room full of excited boys and girls, all dressed up for Christmas, and ready to party with their teacher, Triona Cussen. We were practicing “good sitting” and singing some seasonal classics. All the boys and girls were attentively watching Triona demonstrate some Lámh signs along with the songs when who should come in the door  … only Santa Claus!

Practicing Good Sitting

Some of the children were very excited to meet the man himself while others were a little more hesitant but Santa made sure he had a little something for everyone in his sack.

Suffice to say it was a great morning and a wonderful lead up to the Christmas season.

A special word of thanks to Mickey Rooney and all the staff in St Mary’s GAA, Ardee as well as the transition year students from Ardee Community School. The Christmas party was a huge success, enjoyed by both the babies and parents alike.

A Happy Christmas to you all.

Tons of Fun Tots is a play & educational group based in Ardee for pre-school children with Down Syndrome. The group is suitable for babies/wobblers/toddlers from 6 months to preschool/school age. However, new mums/dads & younger babies are always welcome. The group is a formal, but fun-based, learning environment for infants and young children and introduces them to lots of songs and rhymes using Lámh which helps develop their social skills and build a close circle of friends. It is also a valuable resource for parents, providing an opportunity for them to see Lámh being used in a setting that is both informal and more importantly, fun.

For further information on Tons of Fun Tots, please contact:

Brendan Stephenson at secretarydslm@gmail.com or Andrea McArdle 086-3709831 https://dsilmb.ie/more/tons-of-fun-tots/

Congratulations to Jack Egan

Our member Jack Egan has some news. He has qualified for the World Down Syndrome Swimming Championships in Antalya Turkey, taking place from the 31st March till the 7th April 2020.

IDSSO are sending a team of 12 athletes to represent Ireland.

Jack is planning on doing a skydive to raise funds for the team and we will give the details when it is all arranged.

Down Syndrome Ireland Talent Day Football Registration

Down Syndrome Ireland Talent Day Football Registration

Keeping fit and healthy is a fun thing to do. Refining your football skills by playing Football with peers, promises to lift the spirits and form lifetime friendships.

A unique opportunity has arisen for our Irish players with Down syndrome.

The Trisome Games 2020 are being held in Turkey from 31 March to 7 April – hosting teams with Down syndrome from over 50 countries in 8 sports.

Down Syndrome Ireland in association with the FAI, are considering entering a Futsal team to represent Ireland at this prestigious event.

For Ireland to be able to compete at an international level, we are looking for skilled, talented and athletic players. If you play football regularly and are 16 or over you are invited to complete the entry form in the link below and to attend one of the 4 open talent days listed below.

https://www.fai.ie/domestic/down-syndrome-ireland-talent-day-football-registration?fbclid=IwAR1KxVfX1HNEHH9Jdyt1Na8ZwEUw6YDx2damu75E4q2Ugax7snKYl9J3YM4

We want your opinion: Mental Health Survey

Mental Health Survey DOWN SYNDROME LOUTH /MEATH: Young Adults/ Adults with Down Syndrome age 16 +

After representation from our members we wish to conduct a Mental Health Survey for Young Adults / Adults with Down Syndrome age 16 +
Please click on this link to complete the Survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L832FX8 

Mental health and well-being are big issues at the present time in Ireland. One in four adults will have mental health issues at some time in their life.  Young adults with Down Syndrome are no exception. They, their primary carers and their siblings are affected by these problems.

The purpose of this survey is to gather data about the specific mental health issues which may impact upon young adults with Down Syndrome. We wish to represent the experiences of parents, carers and guardians, and of the young adults themselves, both at home or in residential care. Therefore, your assistance in completing this survey is essential.

The data received will be received anonymously from each member.

The data generated from this survey will be published by Down Syndrome Ireland Louth Meath Branch & Down Syndrome Ireland.  It will be used in identifying the needs of individuals and the professional services required by the Down Syndrome community. Down Syndrome Ireland can use this Information to lobby Government for these services to be implemented.

Please click on this link to complete the Survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L832FX8 

Please share this Survey with other families in the Louth Meath area you know who may not be members of the Louth Meath Branch.

The Survey will take approx 8 minutes to complete.