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Hi

Please can anyone help I have a Downs Syndrome girl in my mixed Reception /Y1 class. She has settled into the school routine but is making very little progress academically. Does anyone have any ideas that might help her particularly wuth reading?

 

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Julescc

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Hi julescc, have you got a SENCO supporting you? Or any specialist help? Children with Downs can have a wide variety of different needs, one of which is poor eye sight, so maybe that should be checked first. I cant help with specific ideas though, sorry. But could you indulge me and say 'little girl with downs syndrome' and not 'a downs syndrome little girl?' Its just a bugbear of mine. :o

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Are you getting help and support from a specialist worker? they will have lots of ideas. Very difficult to give advice on here as i do not know what level she is working too and the children i have worked with before ranged from very severe to very mild!....good multisensory teaching methods used for evryone and repeated often will help. You might like to try a sight and see method rather than a phonic approach so everytime you introduce a new word you use a flashcard to support. Is she under SALT? they should also help. there is some information that some children require things repeated about 23 times but children with DS need things repeated about46 times to assimilate . Good luck ...ask for help! :oxD

 

sorry just crossed rea's post....must get faster at typing

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If you have an NCMA childminder at hand, there is a very nice little article in Who Minds magazine - arrived today. You might like to borrow it.

 

The Useful resources it recommends are

 

Books

 

Victoria's Day

by Maria de Fatima Campos,

(Frances Lincoln Children's Books)

 

Down's Syndorme:

The Essential Guide

by Antonia Chitty and Victoria Dawson

(Need to Know)

 

Web

Down's Syndrome Association

www.downs-syndrome.org.uk

 

Honey

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Guest pamgreen

Have a look at the Downs syndrome on line site there are lots of interesting articles, also help with teaching children with downs syndrome to read.

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Guest hfitz12

My own little girl has downs syndrome and is currently in Y1 and I have taught both Reception and Y1. If you want to message me I will give you my phone number and we could have a chat and see if I can be of any help. I'm not pretending to be an expert by any means but can share my own experiences and since my typing is not the most efficient(!) would be easier to chat. Helen

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Hi

 

We have a little girl with downs syndrome who is now in year 5 - I had her in year r and she has made fantastic progress. we are fortunate that she has two excellent aassistants and is statemented. Have you contacted the downsed centre we have a good relationship with them and they have lots of different programmes. I know that our little girl is currently following a specific programme for reading and writing - the progress is phenomenal.

 

Liz

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