Monday, April 30, 2012

Landmark research study shows targeted intervention improves the reading and language skills of children with Down syndrome



from DSE:


A landmark research study has shown that a targeted teaching intervention accelerates progress in reading and language development for children with Down syndrome. The primary results of the study are now available online, ahead of publication in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. The study was the first large controlled trial of an intervention designed for children with Down syndrome and was led by researchers at Down Syndrome Education International working with colleagues at the Centre for Reading and Language at the University of York. DSE will be publishing a handbook and other resources, and providing training and support services, to help teachers successfully implement the new reading and language intervention.

Dr Kelly Burgoyne, a Research Psychologist at Down Syndrome Education International who led the study commented, “We are very pleased with the results that clearly indicate the benefits offered by the intervention. We are also pleased with the feedback that we have received from teaching assistants and families about how helpful and enjoyable the intervention has been. We are already starting to pursue new avenues of research based on these results and considering how we will be able to continue to improve the program in the future.”


The first scientific paper from a landmark randomized controlled trial of a reading and language intervention for children with Down syndrome is now available online ahead of publication in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. This three year study involved nearly 60 children in schools in York and Portsmouth in the United Kingdom. It was funded by the UK Big Lottery Fund.


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Landmark research study shows targeted intervention improves the reading and language skills of children with Down syndrome

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