Category Archives: Down Syndrome

Early Intervention Guidelines for Children with Complex Communication Needs

Pennsylvania State University’s Early Intervention website provides guidelines for early intervention to maximize the language and communication development of young children with special needs including infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Both professionals and parents of children with special needs will find this site very informative.

The website provides guidelines for early intervention specifically designed for children with complex communication needs, including children with:

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Down syndrome
  • Multiple disabilities

The website provides:

  • Step-by-step guidelines for early intervention to build language and communication skills
  • Photographs and videotaped examples of intervention with young children with special needs

See and Learn Language and Reading Programme For Children With Down Syndrome

We found a great freebie on the web. The See and Learn Language and Reading programme is provided free of charge online by Down Syndrome Education International.

See and Learn Language and Reading is a programme of activities designed to help children with Down syndrome learn to talk and read. It is based on research into the visual learning strengths of young children with Down syndrome, and may also be useful for other children who may benefit from a visually-based approach to learning to talk.

Language learning – step by step

See and Learn Language and Reading provides step-by-step guidance through graded activities that are designed to develop spoken language and reading skills.

Meeting specific learning needs

See and Learn Language and Reading is designed to meet the learning needs of children with Down syndrome. Building on typical strengths in visual learning, it emphasises the visual presentation of language through reading. The programme will also be beneficial for other learners suited to visual learning approaches.
Fun and engaging

See and Learn Language and Reading promotes vocabulary and grammar development. The programme offers activities that can be practised regularly at home in fun and engaging ways. The materials are also suitable for small group and classroom use.