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Speech and Language Development & Intervention in Down Syndrome

EDUC 600

This course is designed for speech-language pathologists who want to achieve a better understanding of the speech and language development, assessment and intervention of children with Down Syndrome. Topics include understanding the behaviors, characteristics, genetics and increasing speech intelligibility of children with Down Syndrome. 

*This course is recommended for speech-language pathologists. Special education teachers working with students with Down Syndrome, who want to gain an understanding of this genetic disorder from a clinical perspective, may also benefit from this course in order to facilitate collaboration with the speech-language pathologist at their school.


The primary learning objectives for this course are:

  • Understand what causes Down Syndrome.
  • Learn the characteristics of Down Syndrome.
  • Examine the speech and language development of individuals with Down Syndrome.
  • Discover specific interventions to support speech and language development.


Speech & Language Development & Intervention in Down Syndrome & Fragile X Syndrome; Author: Joanne E. Roberts, Robin S. Chapman, & Steven F. Warren (2008), Brookes Publishing; ISBN-13: 978-1-55766-874-5

Required Websites to Complete Assignments:

National Down Syndrome Society, http://www.ndss.org

A Parent’s Perspective, http://www.ndss.org/Resources/New-Expectant-Parents/A-Parents-Perspective/

NDSS A Promising Future Together, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63IJAlJ2ReM

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