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ERIC Number: ED542424
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Promoting Language and Literacy Skills in Children with Down Syndrome. FPG Snapshot #60
FPG Child Development Institute
Most young children begin developing language skills at a rapid pace, early in their lives. Children with Down syndrome, the most common known genetic cause of intellectual disability, typically experience delays in language development that persist as they grow older. Parents and teachers can naturally reinforce the language skills of a child with Down syndrome by always responding when the child asks for clarification. Language and literacy interventions for children with Down syndrome should target the following areas: (1) Early communication; (2) Speech skills; (3) Complex language; and (4) Literacy skills. The foundations of language and literacy skills are learned during infancy, and intervention at even very young ages will improve a child's potential for later success. The existing research emphasizes the importance of early--and continued--interventions that focus on language and literacy.
FPG Child Development Institute. University of North Carolina, Publications Office, CB# 8185, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8185. Tel: 919-966-0857; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, FPG Child Development Institute