Our Reading Intervention – helping your child at home and school

The background

Reading intervention is based on the proven whole word reading techniques used by renowned organisations such as DSE in the UK and the Institute of Human Potential in the USA.

These techniques are currently recognised as the best-practice method of teaching children with Down Syndrome how to read and how to develop speech and language skills.

How it works

We know that learning to read is a complex process involving word recognition and language understanding. Flashcards are proven to enhance speech development in children with Down syndrome.

The DSDT have expanded this understanding to supply each reader with extra resources that play a very important role in developing and improving reading fluency.

We follow the Oxford Reading Tree‘s Biff, Chip & Kipper stories.

The Oxford Reading Tree

The ORT is used throughout all primary schools for pupils first starting out to read.
The ‘Biff, Chip and Kipper’ stories are engaging and well-loved, the simple but characterful drawings capture the essence of each story. The books progress through each stage of reading.

You can find out more about Oxford Reading Tree books here on Oxford Owl, part of Oxford University Press.
There are also links to Amazon where you can purchase the books.

Downloads available here:

Our download comprises of enlarged font sentence strips and word flashcards to use alongside the corresponding Oxford Reading Tree book (please note we do not supply the books, they are to be purchased separately).

The Down Syndrome Development Trust ask for a small donation of £2.50 to the charity to cover the reading intervention development costs. If you wish you can make a smaller or larger donation.


Oxford Reading Tree

P.s. Look out for the odd bit of humour added especially for parents and care-givers!

Download DSDT Reading Resources

Each title includes Flashcards and Sentence Strips to use with your ORT book.

Please Note: The download buttons below will add your choice to the basket, you can choose to go to the checkout at any stage where you will be redirected to PayPal to make a payment. The download links will be emailed to you immediately.

ORT: Level One

ORT: Level Two

ORT Level Three

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