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Reading and Writing Development for Children with Down Syndrome (5-11 Years) - Printed Edition



This book provides guidance and advice and describes practical activities to introduce reading activities to children with Down syndrome. From developing a sight vocabulary through promoting phonic skills, it offers practical information in an accessible format.

This practical book describes the principles that should guide the teaching of reading to children in their primary school years and it is illustrated with examples of children's work. It emphasises the importance of establishing a sight vocabulary and of focusing on reading for meaning, before developing children's phonic skills. It contains guidance on all aspects of literacy work in the classroom, including word, sentences and text level work, phonics, spelling and creative writing. The book also emphasises the importance of linking reading activities to the child's language comprehension level and to the child's own activities and interests. It illustrates the way in which reading activities can incorporate the child's speech and language goals.

This practical book is intended to be used by parents and practitioners. 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 Reading and Writing 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.


Author(s) Gillian Bird, Jane Beadman and Sue Buckley
Publication date January, 2001
Language English (UK)
Pages 44
ISBN 978-1-903806-11-1