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DSDT Reading Intervention at Home

Our Reading Intervention

The background

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

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

How it works

Learning to read is a complex process involving word recognition and language understanding.

Using the Oxford Reading Tree books, the DSDT supply each reader with extra resources that play a very important role in developing and improving reading fluency.


Down Syndrome Reading Resources

Downloads available:

Each of our literacy topics includes sentence strips and word flashcards to use together with your child and the Oxford Reading Tree books. The Down Syndrome Development Trust ask for a small donation of £2.50 to the charity to cover development costs.

Oxford Reading Tree

The ORT is used throughout all 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. They progress through each stage of reading. You can find out more about Oxford Reading Tree books with links to buy on Amazon here. P.s. look out for the odd bit of humour added especially for parents and care-givers!
  • Floppy the Hero:

  • The Red Hen:

  • test – Picnic Time:

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All of the above titles (lets pretend 5 there Sen!) All 5 Titles Sentences and Flashcards

    Other Resources

  • Study on Flashcards and Teaching Spoken Language Recently published research study in the Journal of Child Language, has reported that children with Down syndrome can benefit from the use of written words alongside pictures to help teach spoken vocabulary.
  • DSDT Reading Intervention Consultancy This scheme is designed to get you started on good reading practice. DSDT staff will guide you through the activities, and provide you with advice on how to further implement them into your day.
  • Rhythmic Movement and Play Training This workshop looks at movement and development, especially in the pre-school and primary years and how we can use Rhythmic Movements and other activities with young children to make sure they are able to participate and successfully achieve at school.
  • Music workshop success! Music and rhythm playing directly engages the cerebellum region within the brain (an area that is particularly weak for children with Down syndrome).
  • Understanding Sensory Processing Issues for Pupils with DS School boy learningPupils with Down syndrome often exhibit difficulties with taking in, integrating and making use of sensory information.
  • Speech & Language Therapy Groups speech trainingExperts indicate that syndrome-specific speech and language therapy is vital to enabling children with Down syndrome to make best progress with speech, language and communication skills. Brighton and Crowborough groups running + new groups coming soon.