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Speech & Langauge Development in Individuals with Down Syndrome

Among the most common challenges confronting people with Down syndrome is speech and language development. Both early intervention and on-going therapies can reduce and often eliminate barriers. The material here can help you become oriented and knowledgeable about the challenge and get you started toward effective therapies.

The following Speech and Language Resource Guides for individuals with Down syndrome have been generously provided by Dr. Libby Kumin, Ph.D. CCC-SLP and Loyola College of Maryland.

Basis for Speech, Language and Communication (PDF) 

First Words and Phrases (PDF)

Infants and Toddlers (PDF)

Preschool through Kindergarten (PDF)

Childhood Apraxia (PDF)

School-Age Children (PDF)

Adolescents (PDF)

Adults (PDF)

Oral Motor Skill Difficulties (PDF)


from website of National Down Syndrome Congress





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