This online course is designed to help parents provide practical support to develop the speech, language and communication skills of young people with Down syndrome from birth to adult life.
The aim of this course is to help parents to understand speech, language and communication development for children and young people with Down syndrome and give them practical guidance on how they can help them to move forward. Babies, children, teenagers and young adults are learning to communicate and to talk all day every day. Parents are the first and best language teachers for all children and have an even more important role to play when their child has speech and language delays. Research suggests that when we show parents how to deliver interventions, the benefits can last longer. Many young people with Down syndrome can continue to improve their speech, language and communication skills into adult years.
Presented and led by Professor Sue Buckley OBE, this course includes five modules. Each module includes a 30-40 minute video presentation which sets out the key information on the topic, and At Home Guidance which sets out the principles for effective interventions and how to design practical activities for an individual child or young person, depending on the stage they have reached. The course materials also include six DSE Language Records for tracking children's progress and selecting teaching targets. The record forms track across the four components that underpin becoming an effective communicator - vocabulary, sentences and grammar, speech and communication. Activities are designed to be easily implemented at home.
Pricing and ordering
We provide access to the course for a period of 12 months. Most participants complete the course within this time. We also offer discounted extensions if you require access for longer.
How to order
To order places on an online course, add the course item to your basket (one per participant). Please be sure to select the parent rate if appropriate.
Shortly after submitting your order, you will receive an email with instructions on how to register for access to the course. If you are ordering on behalf of someone else, you can register them at this point (you will need their email address and name).
After participants are registered, they will each receive emails explaining how they can now access the course.
Email notifications will be sent automatically at each step in the ordering and registration process. If you are expecting an email and it does not arrive, please check any 'Junk' or 'Spam' email folders.
If you have any questions or experience any difficulties registering for an online course, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org