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Down Syndrome News and Update 3(3)

Using Numicon - a report from a special school

Kerrie Coleman

Class teacher Kerrie Coleman gives a personal account of her experiences with Numicon. She explains how she was inspired by a training in Ireland, to devise an individualized programme for her student, Richard. Although he didn't take to the activities straight away, he made slow but steady progress and within six months, his confidence and number skills had rocketed.

Coleman, K. (2003) Using Numicon - a report from a special school. Down Syndrome News and Update, 3(3), 92-93.

Teaching Rina - my experience with non-English teaching materials

Ruth Palatnik

Ruth Palatnik describes her experience of teaching her 9 year old daughter Rina how to read. When Ruth discovered the lack of resources available in Hebrew, she started to explore her own ideas and create materials at home.

Palatnik, R. (2003) Teaching Rina - my experience with non-English teaching materials. Down Syndrome News and Update, 3(3), 84-87.

Supporting children and families through Early Development Groups

Gillian Bird, and Amanda Wood

This article aims to give you a flavour of the work that goes on at our weekly groups, for children aged 0-5. We have supplied descriptions of many of our activities with a rationale to explain the area of development that they aim to promote. We hope that it will provide 'food for thought' and inspire you to design activities of your own to support the early development of your children with Down syndrome.

Bird, G, and Wood, A. (2003) Supporting children and families through Early Development Groups. Down Syndrome News and Update, 3(3), 74-81.

Reading success in primary school

Nicola Baxter

Nicola Baxter describes her daughter Kizzy's reading success in mainstream primary school

Baxter, N. (2003) Reading success in primary school. Down Syndrome News and Update, 3(3), 88-88.

More on the issue of early reading opportunities

Victor Bishop

Victor J. Bishop adds to recent discussions on early reading intervention, highlighting the case of his son Emmanuel.

Bishop, V. (2003) More on the issue of early reading opportunities. Down Syndrome News and Update, 3(3), 91-91.

Learning to ride a bicycle

Greg Sneath

Greg Sneath describes how he helped his daughter Katrina learn to ride a bicycle.

Sneath, G. (2003) Learning to ride a bicycle. Down Syndrome News and Update, 3(3), 94-95.

Learning from individual stories - practical ideas for reading, number and bike riding

Sue Buckley

In the next section, parents and teachers share many creative ideas for teaching skills and continue to debate the early reading issues

Buckley, S. (2003) Learning from individual stories - practical ideas for reading, number and bike riding. Down Syndrome News and Update, 3(3), 83-83.

Keys to successful early intervention

Sue Buckley

How do we balanace natural learning with intervention activities?

Buckley, S. (2003) Keys to successful early intervention. Down Syndrome News and Update, 3(3), 73-73.

Individual Learning Time - unlocking potential

Leslie Duffen

Leslie Duffen discusses the effects of 'Individual Learning Time' as the key to unlocking children's potential

Duffen, L. (2003) Individual Learning Time - unlocking potential. Down Syndrome News and Update, 3(3), 89-89.

Early intervention in Kenya

Panesar

Early intervention in Kenya

Panesar. (2003) Early intervention in Kenya. Down Syndrome News and Update, 3(3), 82-82.

Bryony's early reading progress

Theresa Smissen

Tberesa Smissen discusses her daughter Bryony's early reading progress

Smissen, T. (2003) Bryony's early reading progress. Down Syndrome News and Update, 3(3), 90-90.

Book reviews

Reviews of the books 'The Down Syndrome Nutrition Handbook' and 'Speech and Language Intervention in Down Syndrome', along with an update about the photobook 'Living with Down Syndrome'

. (2003) Book reviews. Down Syndrome News and Update, 3(3), 96-99.

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