About the Author
|Photographer and videographer Will Schermerhorn lives in Northern Virginia, with his wife and two young children. Will started Blueberry Shoes Productions LLC in 2002, combining his experience as a newspaper reporter and Internet company project manager to produce videos that focus on therapeutic strategies and introduce parents to the circumstances of having children with disabilities.|
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For children with Down syndrome, it is essential to lay the foundation for speech development as early as possible. To achieve the best possible results, the latest research shows that an integrated approach to speech development is most effective, including the combined use of spoken words with sign language and text, paying attention to hearing loss, and addressing intelligibility issues. Now, parents who are looking for information and guidance on their child's speech development have a new resource to rely on.
DISCOVERY: Pathways to Better Speech for Children with Down Syndrome, is an 81-minute DVD from Blueberry Shoes Productions, the publisher of DOWN SYNDROME: The First 18 Months. This invaluable resource offers practical advice, examples, and expertise for parents and professionals to follow as they help children with Down syndrome from infancy to age seven become the best talkers they can be.
DISCOVERY covers the what, when, and how of speech development, including:
An international group of experts on speech development and Down syndrome appear on the DVD, including Dr. Libby Kumin, Professor Sue Buckley of the Down Syndrome Educational Trust, and physicians Sally Shott and Siegfried Pueschel. These and other experts discuss their methods and explain how to put them into practice. Additionally, the DVD features knowledgeable parents who comment on what techniques and approaches have worked best for their children. And children with Down syndrome also appear throughout the DVD, demonstrating the range of achievement that parents can expect.
- Communication Milestones
- Hearing Issues
- Encouraging Speech
- Making Speech Understandable (Intelligibility)
When Talking Begins
- Building Vocabulary & Grammar
- Connection Between Reading & Speech
DISCOVERY makes an excellent companion resource to Dr. Kumin's book, Early Communication Skills for Children with Down Syndrome, from our Topics in Down Syndrome series. Highly recommended for parents, this DVD should also be shared with speech-language pathologists, teachers, and anyone who is interested in finding the best ways to help children with Down syndrome reach their full potential.
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