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Reviews of new books, teaching materials, software and web sites.

Promoting development for babies and preschool children

Down Syndrome Education International produces a range of In Practice DVD videos to provide practical, evidence-based information for parents and professionals. Independent reviews of two of these videos were published in Down Syndrome Research and Practice Volume 12, Issue 2:

Singing Hands CD resources

A review of Singing Hands Book of Songs and Song Time CD, Volumes 1 & 2 - produced by Suzanne Miell-Ingram and Tracy Upton in collaboration with the Makaton Vocabulary Development Project 2006.

Challenge Me! Mobility Activity Cards

This Resource review by Julie Hughes of Down Syndrome Education International looks at the Challenge Me! Mobility Activity Cards - a set of useful, practical activities that can be worked into everyday games. They address mobility, balance coordination, spatial awareness, trunk control, transferring skills, gross motor skills, flexibility, adaptability, safety awareness, and independence. Practising these skills can also have a knock-on effect on self-esteem and confidence.

Down but not out: a tool for inclusion

This review by Jonathan Rix, lecturer in curriculum, inclusion and learning at the Open University, discusses the DSE film Inclusion in Practice: Educating children with Down syndrome at primary school. In this review, originally published in TES Magazine (part of the Times Educational Supplement), Jonathan Rix praises the film as "a very important tool for all school staff and local education authorities".

Reading and Language Intervention for Children with Down Syndrome (RLI)

DSE's Reading and Language Intervention for Children with Down Syndrome (RLI) is an evidence-based programme designed to teach reading and language skills to children with Down syndrome.

RLI incorporates best practice in structured activities delivered in fast-paced daily teaching sessions. It was evaluated in a randomised controlled trial and found to improve rates of progress compared to ordinary teaching.

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