Down Syndrome Education International improves education for children with Down syndrome through
scientific research, and specialist resources and
services. Each year, we provide evidence-based information and practical guidance to
over 150,000 families, professionals and organisations in over 160 countries.
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Our research explores how children with Down syndrome develop and learn, and identifies
effective teaching approaches and therapies.
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Earlier this week, DSE joined Down syndrome groups from around the world to discuss recent advances in research
and clinical trials of pharmaceutical therapies that may improve learning and memory for people with Down syndrome.
A research study, recently published in the Journal of Child Language, has reported that children with Down syndrome
can benefit from the use of written words alongside pictures to help teach spoken vocabulary.
Videos of the Northeast Down Syndrome Education Conference, held last December, are now available online from the
Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress. Read more...
DSE receives encouraging early feedback from early-adopters of new reading and language intervention.
A new report presenting good practice guidelines for education for children and young people with Down syndrome was
launched at the House of Commons last week and presented to Edward Timpson MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State
(Children and Families). Read more...
DSE has supplied over 500 copies of the handbook for a new teaching programme in just two months. The Reading and
Language Intervention for Children with Down Syndrome (RLI) is designed to teach key reading and language skills to
children with Down syndrome and was found to be more effective than ordinary literacy instruction in a landmark randomised
controlled trial in the UK. Read more...