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Supporting the development of speech skills with See and Learn

This live online event offers parents and early years professionals guidance about speech development for children with Down syndrome and how DSE's See and Learn programmes can be used to teach early sound discrimination and speech production skills.

Many children with Down syndrome experience difficulties developing clear speech. Additional support through speech therapy is widely recommended.

DSE's See and Learn Speech programme is designed by leading experts in education and development for children with Down syndrome. It helps families and professionals to provide additional support and encourage regular practice of sound discrimination and speech production skills for young children aged 6 months and older.

This event provides a brief introduction to speech development for children with Down syndrome and explains how DSE's See and Learn Speech is designed to help. The evidence underpinning the design of the programme is discussed. The activities in each step in the programme are described and guidance is given about how to incorporate speech and language practice into daily routines.

The event lasts 60 minutes, including 20 minutes for live questions from participants.

This online event offers information about the intervention and provides participants with opportunities to ask questions. Topics covered during the presentation include:

  • Speech development for children with Down syndrome
  • The design of See and Learn Speech
  • Listening to sounds and becoming familiar with sounds
  • Hearing the differences between sounds (called discrimination)
  • Producing sounds in isolation
  • Blending sounds together
  • Using sounds in words
  • Learning and practising speech in everyday life

Further information about See and Learn is also available on our web site.


The event is presented by Professor Sue Buckley, DSE's Director of Science and Research and an internationally recognised expert in education for children with Down syndrome.

How to register

To register to attend, please visit our Online Meetings web site, select the appropriate event, date and time, and click "Register". Please provide the information requested and click "Submit". Please be sure to enter your email address correctly to ensure that you receive your registration confirmation.


This event is offered free of charge. We encourage attendees to donate £15 to Down Syndrome Education International or $25 to Down Syndrome Education USA to help with our costs and to support future research improving education for children with Down syndrome.

Dates and times

Date Los Angeles New York UTC/GMT London Paris Moscow New Delhi Shanghai Sydney
21 October 2013 10.00am 1.00pm 17:00 18:00 19:00 21:00 22:30 - -
20 November 2013 7.00am 10.00am 14:00 15:00 16:00 18:00 19:30 22:00 -

Technical requirements

This event will be hosted using Cisco WebEx Event Center, which is compatible with most computers running Windows, Mac or Linux operating systems (some features are not available in Linux). Slides and video are presented via your computer over the internet. Audio is provided over the internet or telephone conferencing.

Installation of the Cisco WebEx Event Center components is automatic when signing in at the start of the session and may take several minutes. You can preinstall the components in advance of the event by clicking this link.

To ensure that you can view any videos included in our presentations, we recommend that Windows users have Windows Media Player version 9 or later, Adobe Flash Player version 6 or later and Apple QuickTime version 6 or later installed, and that Mac users have Apple QuickTime version 6 or later installed.


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