This book provides advice and guidance to support the development of speech and language skills for teenagers with Down syndrome. Discussing the development of clear and fluent speech and extended vocabulary, it offers practical information in an accessible format.
Designed to target the specific needs of teenagers with Down syndrome, this book begins with a summary of the principles that should guide speech and language activities and therapy. The book provides guidance and examples of practical activities to encourage the development of clear and fluent speech, a wider range of vocabulary suitable for teenage needs and further development of sentence structures. It includes guidance on the way in which reading activities can be used to continue to develop spoken language. The links between speech and language goals and literacy teaching in the secondary school are identified, as most speech and language goals can be absorbed into regular mainstream classroom activities on a daily basis. The importance of the quality and quantity of daily communication with teenagers, at home and at school, is emphasised. The social and community use of language for this age group is identified as a priority.
This practical book is intended to be used by parents, education professionals and speech and language therapists. It is designed to be read in conjunction with other books in the Down Syndrome Issues and Information series. In particular, it is complemented by the background information provided in Speech and Language Development for Individuals with Down Syndrome - An Overview.
Down Syndrome Issues and Information is a series of practical and informative books covering the full range of developmental, health and social issues relating to individuals with Down syndrome. The books have been written by some of the world's leading experts and are based on years of research and hands-on experience.
The content of this ebook edition is the same as in the original print edition first published in 2002.