Helping children with Down’s Syndrome develop vital life-skills
£65 buys one hour of a specialist therapist for three children.
Along with all the medical complications, Down's syndrome makes it much harder for children like my son to do the basic things like walking and talking. In addition, he is also deaf. I was feeling pretty desperate about his future until we joined DSL...

9 months later and my son is now crawling and making his first attempts at speaking.

Mel Rosenvinge
  Friends of DSL
About Us...



DSL's history

DSL was launched in 1998 by a group of parents in response to a lack of suitable local speech and language therapy services for children with Down’s Syndrome.


The service has grown from a fortnightly service providing therapy to around five children into one providing regular weekly therapy across three areas of therapy to around 35 children today.


Since its launch, it has served well over 250 children plus their families. DSL regularly receives referrals from health visitors, GP surgeries, child development centres, such as Sunshine House and local hospitals (for example, Kings College Hospital's neonatal unit), as well as the Down’s Syndrome Association’s locally affiliated groups, among them Down’s Syndrome London. It also attracts families who have heard of the service through friends and acquaintances.
Physio Therapy


Group Therapy Session


DSL converted to charitable status in March 2008 with the aim of developing and expanding the service. The charity is run by a board of trustees who are all volunteer parent members.

Downs South London, Registered Charity 1123045.     Registered company number: 6381649.
59 Lyndhurst Grove, London SE15 5AW.