Parenting Today Library Talk - Down Syndrome: See & Learn Programme

Speaker: Gavin McDonnell, Down Syndrome Ireland

“See and Learn” resources are designed to meet the specific learning needs of children with Down syndrome. They can also be helpful for other children experiencing similar learning challenges. Children with Down syndrome often need more explicit instruction, together with lots of practice and rehearsal to learn and retain new skills. “See and Learn” resources are designed to be easy to use at home by parents and carers for regular teaching and practice. They are also suitable for use in schools for additional one-to-one targeted teaching and in individual and group therapy sessions. Join Gavin McDonnell to learn more about:

* “See and Learn” Speech to develop their speech sound system, and to produce clear speech

* “See and Learn” Language and Reading is designed to teach children with Down Syndrome early vocabulary, sight words, simple phrases and sentences, and grammar rules

* “See and Learn” Numbers is designed to teach young children to count, to link numbers to quantity and to understand important concepts about the number system

Gavin is the “See and Learn” Project Officer with Down Syndrome Ireland, offering training to early years educators. Gavin has a younger brother who has Down Syndrome. His background is in Psychology and he is currently working on his Masters with the ultimate aim of working as a clinical psychologist specialising in Down Syndrome.

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