This ebook presents an overview of what is understood about speech and language development for people with Down syndrome. Reviewing the available research, effective interventions and strategies for assisting language development are identified.
This book reviews what is known about the way typically developing children usually learn to talk and the factors that influence their progress. It then reviews the profile of speech and language development for children with Down syndrome, the reasons for this profile in so far as they are currently understood and the implications of this knowledge for the design of effective speech and language therapy.The book identifies that the daily experience of communication within the family is a main influence on progress but that targeted interventions, including signing and speech sound work from the first year of life, are effective and essential for optimal progress. Data from research studies are included to provide a guide to expected rates of speech and language development and evidence for effective interventions
This book 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 practical activities and advice provided in Speech and Language Development for Infants with Down Syndrome, Speech and Language Development for Children with Down Syndrome and Speech and Language Development for Teenagers with Down Syndrome.
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 2001.