Our Reading Intervention
Helping your child at home and school
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.
The Oxford Reading Tree (ORT)
We follow the ORT’s Biff, Chip & Kipper stories.
The ORT is used throughout all primary schools for pupils first starting out to read. The stories follow the adventures of three children called Biff, Chip and Kipper. The stories are engaging and well-loved, the simple but characterful drawings capture the essence of each story.
Find out more about Oxford Reading Tree books at Oxford Owl, part of Oxford University Press. You can also find the books to purchase on Amazon.
Each download listed in Levels One - Four below, 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.