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DSEA Resources

Academic Resources

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Number Skills for Children with Down Syndrome (5–11 years) This article provides a brief overview of information regarding the development of number skills within elementary students with Down syndrome.     

Reading and Writing for Individuals with Down syndrome – An Overview, Sue Buckley

Reading and writing for children with Down syndrome (5–11 years), Buckley, Beadman and Bird

Reading and Writing for Teenagers with Down Syndrome (11-16 years), Gillian Bird & Sue Buckley

Memory Development for Individuals with Down Syndrome, Sue Buckley and Gillian Bird

Communication for the Team

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The Importance of Home/School Communication – Benefits and tips on effective home-school school communication.

Daily News Log – Track behavior, favorite things, bathroom news, etc.

Daily Assignment Log – Track assignments by subject and track due dates, etc.

School/Home Daily Log – Tell parents the highlights, successes and challenges of the day, etc.

For more information about Augementative Alternative Communication Resources, click here.

Communication Resources

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Speech and Language on the IEP – Strategies for developing goals

Speech, Language and Communication for Individuals with Down Syndrome – An Overview, Sue Buckley

Apps for Special Educators – Apps by education-related categories and recommended by special educators

Tips for the Team

Tips for Including Children with Down Syndrome

Ten Tips for General Educators – This handout delineates ten quick and easy things that classroom teachers can do to include students with disabilities in the classroom from day one.

 •Ten Tips for Paraeducators – In the fast-paced school setting, paraeducators often embark upon classroom duties without the guidance they need. This handout describes simple suggestions for classroom aides to help them promote active participation and the independence of students with disabilities.

 •Ten Tips for Special Educators – Collaborate, communicate and promote the participation of diverse students in the classroom. This handout describes simple strategies for learning specialists and special education teachers.

 •Ten Tips for Administrators – Share this brief list of suggestions with school administrators and enable the principal or assistant principal to promote the active participation of students with disabilities in the regular education classroom.

 •Ten Tips for Therapists – Keep students in the classroom and meet therapeutic objectives. Follow the advice on this tip sheet designed for speech-language pathologists, physical therapists and occupational therapists.

 •Ten Tips for Caregivers – This tip sheet offers suggestions to parents and caregivers to help improve their ability to work with professionals and others on the school-based team.

 •Ten Tips for Assistive Techies – Follow the commonsense guidelines on this handout and get people to actually use computers and augmentative communication devices in the classroom! 


The Bridge Newsletter

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The Bridge Newsletters

1st EDITION - Ds Specialist Tips/ Setting the Stage for Friendships

2nd EDITION - Communication

3rd EDITION - IEP Tips

4th EDITION - Summer Is Coming!

5th EDITION - Back to School

6th EDITION - Successful Home & School Communication

7th EDTION - Inclusion

8th EDITION - Vision & Cognition


Your New Student

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My Teacher Matters ­– This motivating piece is great to give out to teachers and providers who are working with children with Down syndrome. It speaks to the positive power and influence that educators can have in working with any child with special needs.

Getting to Know Me – "Getting to Know Me" is a booklet that educators can give to parents when school starts. When filled out, this booklet allows teachers and providers to get to know a bit more about the student than is in a typical IEP. Sections of this book can also provide a platform for introducing the student to his/her classmates, especially if the student doesn't have the communication skills to do so verbally.

One Page Personal Profiles – A one-page person centered planning profile is a beneficial tool when introducing your child to new educators.  The profile is intended to provide information and tips that might not be provided on an IEP, but are critical to understanding when supporting your child.  

    Here is an example:
   Use this resource as a guide to make your own: our3lilbirds.blogspot.com/2017/05/how-to-make-one-page-profile-ellie-style.html
    Here are additional sample templates: www.sheffkids.co.uk/adultssite/pages/onepageprofilestemplates.html