We support over 100 families throughout New Zealand. It may come as a surprise that the specialist education needed to ensure children with Down syndrome are equipped with the best education to enable independence in society is not provided in New Zealand as part of the government's education curriculum. It is only available through private practitioners.
What the parents are saying!
"Thanks once again for your amazing assistance! Anders is continuing to make good progress with his speech development. We are convinced this would not be occurring without his access to a private speech language therapist. We no longer have access to any publicly funded speech language therapy, so this assistance is very gratefully received."
The Mikkelsen family
"Speech is our main concern with Yma. Speech means communicating, speech means social life. It means learning, education, and self-expression. Therefore, UpsideDowns' contribution is essential. With your help, Yma has access to regular speech therapy sessions which improve her speech. We are very grateful."
"Lachie has a lot to say! He loves to talk about his favourite things - books, trains, and the beach. Speech language therapy has helped Lachie to learn a variety of communication tools - speech, signing, and visuals - to express himself. Thanks for the ongoing support UpsideDowns!
- Lachie's Mum
It's fantastic that something like UpsideDowns exists, because we know that speech is one of the main things these children [with Down syndrome] need to be a part of society.
- The Simonlehner family