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See and Learn Playing with Sounds now available for iPads

The first step in See and Learn Speech is now available as an app for iPads. See and Learn Playing with Sounds is designed to help young children with Down syndrome listen to and learn speech sounds, identify the differences between sounds and to produce individual speech sounds.

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See and Learn Putting Sounds Together now available for iPads

The second step in See and Learn Speech is now available as an app for iPads. See and Learn Putting Sounds Together is designed to help children learn to combine sounds as they progress towards saying whole words clearly.

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New See and Learn Speech apps now available for Android tablets

Our new See and Learn Speech apps are now available for Android tablets - together with iPads and Windows 8.1 tablets, laptops and PCs.

See and Learn Saying Words, See and Learn Saying More Words and See and Learn Later words provide activities to learn and practice saying whole words clearly.

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

Our 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.

RLI provides individualised reading and language instruction designed to meet the particular learning needs of students with Down syndrome. It is based on interventions that have been shown to be beneficial for other children experiencing language and reading difficulties, and incorporates the principles of best practice for all children.

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Down Syndrome Research Forum 2014

The Down Syndrome Research Forum 2014 will be held at Lancaster University on 24 and 25 September. We are now accepting bookings and have issued a call for papers.

The Department of Psychology at Lancaster University is hosting the 2014 Down Syndrome Research Forum on 24 and 25 September in collaboration with Down Syndrome Education International. The Down Syndrome Research Forum provides an opportunity for researchers active in areas related to Down syndrome and those working with people with Down Syndrome to meet, share ideas, and discuss recent findings and implications for practice.

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Roche seeks volunteers for study of drug that may improve learning and memory

Roche has recently begun to recruit participants in a phase 2 study of a compound that may improve learning and memory for people with Down syndrome. They aim to recruit 180 people with Down syndrome ages 12 to 30 years to participate in a double-blind, placebo controlled study of the efficacy, safety and tolerability of the drug.

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