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Speech and Language Development & Intervention in Down Syndrome

EDUC 600




Instructor: Valerie Barges

Grading: Letter

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $350

Course Description:

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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About The Instructor

Valerie Barges
Valerie Barges

Valerie Barges earned her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Her B.A. in Human Development/Human Resources was earned from Boston College. Valerie is a licensed speech pathologist in Massachusetts and Maryland. She has over 10 years of clinical experience working with children in speech-language pathology, ranging from public schools to hospital settings.

Special Instructions:

*The course textbook is not included in the cost of tuition. Detailed instructions on how to purchase the textbook will be sent to you upon registering for the course.

**Registration Instructions:

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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