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
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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