March 19th, 2018

World Down Syndrome Day

On March 21st, in celebration of World Down Syndrome Day, the NL Down Syndrome Society (NLDSS) asks everyone to participate in the “Don’t Knock Them Just Rock Them” funky socks day fundraiser. We are asking all participants to wear a pair of funky socks and bring in a $2 donation to their school or workplace to donate to NLDSS. These funds go towards necessary therapy services for persons with Down syndrome.

If you would like to participate, it’s not too late, please e-mail with your school or company information.

#WDSD2018 #LotsOfSocks #NLDSS

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February 14th, 2018

Special SLP Guest Speaker Rebecca Baxter CertMRCSLT

On Saturday, March 10th, the NLDSS is hosting a full day of training called Developing speech and language skills for children with Down syndrome. This event will be at St. Mark’s Anglican Church Parish Hall and is open to early childhood educators, teachers, family members, students or any other interested individual. Registration for the half day is only $10 for students or members of the NLDSS and $15 for everyone else. If you want to attend the full day session it will be $20 for students or members of NLDSS and $25 for everyone else.  To register, you can e-mail or call the office at 738-3336.

About Becky:

Becky is a speech and language therapist registered with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice and the Health and Care Professions Council.  

Following registration as a speech and language therapist Becky worked at Down Syndrome Education International for 4 years. Her roles included delivering specialist early development groups for children with Down syndrome from birth to school age; managing an outreach support service to children with Down syndrome in local mainstream schools, providing specialist assessment and consultancy services with families and in schools as well as delivering training conferences and workshops around the world.

 In 2011 Becky started the independent practice LETS Go! providing a comprehensive range of services developed to support children, families and professionals covering a  variety of speech, language and developmental needs. She continues to work as a consultant for Down Syndrome Education International providing training and consulting on the development of resources including the See and Learn teaching programs.  

In 2013 Becky co-wrote a book chapter with Dr Kelly Burgoyne and Professor Sue Buckley.  This chapter is entitled Developing the reading skills of children with Down syndrome which features in the book Educating Learners with Down Syndrome: Research, theory, and practice with children and adolescents.  

Becky has a Masters degree in Language and Communication Impairments in Children through Sheffield University. This program included an in depth focus on a diverse range of specific areas and client groups including; cognition, memory, literacy, written difficulties, numeracy, teaching, social communication, autism and autistic spectrum disorders, emotional and behavioural difficulties, moderate and severe learning difficulties, verbal dyspraxia, hearing impairment and supporting communication through the use of alternative and augmentative communication. She is currently working towards completing a  Doctorate in Clinical Communication Science at University College London.

For more information on Rebecca Baxter please visit her home page.

Click on the link below to see the poster for the event.

Special SLP Guest Speaker


January 5th, 2018

Welcome to 2018!

On behalf of everyone here at the NL Down Syndrome Society, we would like to wish you and your family a wonderful 2018!

The NLDSS is working towards becoming a truly provincial organization. For the first time, on January 16th at 8pm we will be launching our monthly meeting virtually so that people with family members who have Down syndrome can take part, no matter where they live in the province! If you are a family member and haven’t connected with us yet to be added to our e-mail list, please e-mail us at

Also we are working diligently to keep the website current. To stay on top of Down syndrome news stories or connect to our upcoming events, check out Facebook and Twitter @NL_DS_Society.

October 17th, 2017

Air Canada Ticket Draw

We would like to congratulate Kelli Sheir of St. John’s, NL in winning the Air Canada ticket draw for a trip for 2 anywhere Air Canada flies in North America including Hawaii and the Caribbean.

A HUGE thanks to Air Canada for donating the tickets and for each and every person that bought a ticket ensuring that we have the necessary funds for our children and young people with Down Syndrome!!

Here is the link to the video announcement.

May 18th, 2017

Down Syndrome Research Study

Do you have a child with Down Syndrome between the ages of 12-16. There is a wonderful opportunity to participate in a research study. Please see below link for more details.

Recruitment Poster Newfoundland

May 10th, 2017

Speech Language Pathologist Job Posting

Speech Language Pathologist Newfoundland and Labrador Down Syndrome Society

Newfoundland and Labrador Down Syndrome Society are a volunteer group of parents, friends and families committed to raising awareness and understanding of Down syndrome, and to removing societal barriers that place limits on our children’s ability to be valued and contributing members of our community. We are currently accepting applications for a part time contract position.

We have an opening for a part time Speech Language Pathologists at our office: Starting Immediately at 21 Pippy Place, St. John’s.

What we can offer:

  • $65.00 per visit (45 minute sessions, hour session calculated due to rate);
  • Flexible hours ( Estimating 8-10 hours per week);
  • Professional development opportunities;
  • Supportive team dynamics and opportunities for collaboration;
  • Office space for therapy sessions provided;
  • Plenty of resources available to support therapy.

The successful candidate will provide evidence based assessment and direct intervention using SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely) to pre-school children, school aged children and adults to address a variety of needs including: articulation difficulties, motor speech disorders, language delays and learning disabilities.


  • Graduation from an approved University with a Master’s Degree or equivalent in Speech Language Pathology;
  • Current registration with the Newfoundland and Labrador Council of Health Professionals is required;
  • Experience with assessment and intervention in numerous areas;
  • Excellent communication and analytic skills, with strong organizational abilities;
  • Vulnerable Sector Check will be required.

Please forward your cover letter, resumes and credentials to no later than May 17, 2017.

May 10th, 2017

Spring Lip Sync

The NLDSS is excited to announce the 3rd annual Spring Lip Sync and Dance competition with proceeds going to the Newfoundland and Labrador Down Syndrome Society!

When : Wednesday May, 24th @ 7:00pm (Doors open at 6:00pm)

Where : MacDonald Drive Elementary Gym

Cost : $3.00 per participant and a donation at the door for spectators.

Details: There will be 2 categories – Lip Sync and Dance. A Participant may register for both categories and with as many other people as they wish but it will cost $300 per person, per song.

Please e-mail BEFORE May 21st with the name of your song, category and child(rens) name. Payment must be paid to secure your spot in the competition. There will be prizes for the winner in each category.


There will be a canteen and a 50/50 draw throughout the night! Come out and support this great organization!

May 10th, 2017

Thank you!

Thank you to “100 Men Who Give a Damn” for choosing NLDSS for their charity. We are thrilled and honored we were chosen. We will make you proud and continue to provide support for families in NL. Thank you all so much.

October 11th, 2016

The winner of our Air Canada draw is..

Click to watch video

July 21st, 2016


We are holding a car wash this Saturday, July 23 from 11am-4pm.

Location: Irving (Corner of Torbay Road & Pearson Street)

Please come out and show your support and get your car washed in the process. Olaf will be making an appearance and our young adults/youth will be volunteering their time. It’s going to be a great event! Hope to see you there.