Down Syndrome Research Forum 2017

The 2017 Down Syndrome Research Forum will be held at the University of Hertfordshire on 19 and 20 September.

Registration

Registration is now open. Please visit our Eventbrite page to register.

The registration fees are £50.00 or £25.00 for students.

Accommodation and travel

The University of Hertfordshire is located in Hatfield, just 20 minutes by train from London's King's Cross station and within easy access of the A1(M).

Further information

Please contact us via research@dseinternational.org

Program

Tuesday 19th September

9.30 Registration
9.55 Welcome
Session 1 - Speech perception and production
10.00 The effect of speaker accent on sentence comprehension in children with Down syndrome
Deirdre O'Leary, Pauline Frizelle, and Fiona Gibbon
Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University College Cork, Ireland
10.25 A case study of stuttering in a female adult with Down Syndrome
Tracy Jeffery [1] Stuart Cunningham [2] Sandra P. Whiteside [2]
1. Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln; 2. University of Sheffield
10.50 Perceptual and acoustic features of speech in adolescents and adults with Down syndrome and their impact on intelligibility
Deirdre O' Leary, Alice Lee, Ciara O' Toole, and Fiona Gibbon
Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University College Cork, Ireland
11.15 Break
11.45 The complexities of speech for those with Down syndrome and the efficacy of available interventions
Monica Bray
Speech and Language Therapist, Leeds, UK
12.10 Discussion – understanding speech and developing interventions
Session 2 - Papers
12.25 Improving spatial-simultaneous working memory in Down syndrome: effect of a training program led by parents instead of an expert
Francesca Pulina[1], Barbara Carretti[2], Silvia Lanfranchi[1], Irene Cristina Mammarella[1]
1. Department of Developmental and Socialization Psychology University of Padova, Italy; 2. Department of General Psychology, University of Padova, Italy.
12.50 Motivation in children with Down syndrome: A systematic review
Liz Smith[1], Kari-Anne Naess[2], Silje Hokstad[2], Anne-Grethe Mjøberg[3], Hakon Sckanke[2] & Havard Engedal[2])
1. University of Bristol; 2. University of Oslo; 3. South East University College
1.15 Lunch
Session 3 - Number Symposium
2.00 The foundations of number development in individuals with Down syndrome: difficulties and solutions
Symposium Chair: Dr Jo Van Herwegen, Associate professor
Department of Psychology, Kingston University London.
2.05 Number development in individuals with Down syndrome: the approximate number sense and attention throughout the life span
J. Van Herwegen[1], A. Karmiloff-Smith, E. Ranzato[1], & V. Simms[2]
1. Department of Psychology, Kingston University, London; 2. Department of Psychology, University of Ulster
2.30 Number line abilities and mathematical development in Down syndrome
V. Simms[1], E Ranzato[2], A. Karmiloff-Smith & J. Van Herwegen[2]
1. Department of Psychology, University of Ulster; 2. Department of Psychology, Kingston University, London
2.55 Subitizing and counting in Down syndrome: evidence from eye tracking
E. Ranzato[1], Victoria Simms[2] & J. Van Herwegen[1]
1. Department of Psychology, Kingston University, London; 2. Department of Psychology, University of Ulster
3.20 Break
3.45 Number development in Down syndrome: interventions and future avenues
H.M. Costa
Department of Psychology, Anglia Ruskin University
4.10 Longitudinal development of counting in children with Down syndrome
Joanna Nye, Sue Buckley and Mike Fluck
Department of Psychology, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK
4.30 Developing number sense in children with Down syndrome
Anne Gullick
Teacher and Down Syndrome Advisor, St Albans, Herts UK
5.00 Discussion – number development and interventions
5.30 End of day

(Dinner arrangements to be confirmed)

Wednesday 20th September

8.30 Registration
8.55 Welcome
Session 4 – the voices of the 'consumers'
9.00 Young children with Down syndrome sharing their voice in research about early intervention practice
Clare Carroll
Discipline of Speech and Language Therapy, Aras Moyola National University of Ireland Galway Ireland
9.25 'It's natural... It's the way we are'- A qualitative exploration of multimodal communication from various perspectives
Gráinne Quinn and Clare Carroll
Discipline of Speech and Language Therapy, Aras Moyola, National University of Ireland: Galway, Ireland.
9.50 The involvement of adults with Down syndrome as co-trainers in communication awareness training for catering staff
Clare Carroll, Niamh Parker, Eileen ODonnell & Tracy Beirne
Discipline of Speech and Language Therapy, National University of Ireland Galway, Galway, Ireland.
10.15 Understanding health service provision for babies and young children with Down syndrome
Silvana Mengoni and Sandra Redman
Centre for Health Services and Clinical Research, University of Hertfordshire
10.40 Break
11.05 Capturing the voices of children and young people with complex needs in the Education, Health, and Care plans: the case of Down syndrome
Van Herwegen, J[1], Ashworth, M.[1], Palikara, O.[2]
1. Department of Psychology, Kingston University London; 2. School of Education, University of Roehampton
11.30 Discussion – listening to the voice of the 'consumers'; implications for practice
Session 5 - Language development and intervention
11.45 Maternal responsivity and language development in infants with Down Syndrome
Vesna Stojanovik, Amy Watson, Emily Seager, University of Reading, UK, Emily Mason-Apps, University of Portsmouth, UK
12.10 Early intervention for infants with Down syndrome
Emily Seager[1], Vesna Stojanovik[1], Courtenay Norbury[2]
1. University of Reading; 2. University College London
12.35 Lunch
1.20 Using a model of relationship stages to support early intervention practice: what does it mean for families and professionals?
Clare Carroll
Discipline of Speech and Language Therapy, Aras Moyola National University of Ireland Galway
1.45 Little Explorers Early Intervention Programme (LEEIP)
Deidre O' Leary, Isolda O' Conner, Mide Kearney, and Deirdre Coleman
Down Syndrome Ireland, Cork.
2.10 Service providers: what should we be measuring?
R Baxter, S Holton, K Burgoyne
Lets Go, Portsmouth
2.25 Discussion – early intervention models and measurement
Session 6 - Papers
2.50 Break
3.15 Inclusive education in fifth grade public school with language as a basic skill - A practice based story about Sanna
Karianne Hjørnevik Nes
Norway, mum and coach in the Karlstadmodel, NNDS- The Norwegian network for Downs syndrome
3.40 A language intervention for children with Down syndrome: an update from the first cohort
Rebecca Baxter (PhD, Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, UCL)
Supervisors: Prof Charles Hulme, Dr Rachel Rees and Dr Alexandra Perovic
4.05 Building a foundation to develop an intervention to remediate humour comprehension deficits in Autism and Down syndrome
Erica Ranzato[1], Jo Van Herwegen[1], Harry Purser[2] & Michael Thomas[2]
1. Department of Psychology, Kingston University London; 2. Developmental Neurocognition Lab, Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck, University of London
4.30 Thanks and concluding comments

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