Date
18 July 2019
Down Syndrome

Down syndrome and learning
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Classroom strategies supporting students' learning and wellbeing across the curriculum.

On this page:

​Understanding Down syndrome

Key concepts, concerns, and experiences of students with Down syndrome.

Summary of important concepts:

Strategies for action

Four key strategies to support students with Down syndrome

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Identify needs and how to provide support

Work closely with the student and their whānau. Take an evidence-based, team approach to supporting learning and wellbeing. Monitor progress closely.  

Video hosted on Youtube http://youtu.be/YOwDfnoek6E

Megan Bongaars, a student with Down syndrome, tells teachers about the high expectations she wants them to have of her.

Four suggestions for implementing this strategy:

  1. Ask the student what will help

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  2. Partner with whānau

    Includes:

    • Resources
  3. Assessment and monitoring

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  4. Organisations, programmes and resources

    Includes:

    • Resources

Key areas to support

Communication, literacy and numeracy, thinking, social interaction and positive behaviour are areas students with Down syndrome may need some specific support. Explore recommended approaches.

Video hosted on Youtube http://youtu.be/IGKS95G4ynM

A student with Down syndrome shows how technology supports his communication and learning.

Four suggestions for implementing this strategy:

  1. Support communication

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  2. Support literacy and numeracy

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  3. ​Support thinking

    Includes:

    • Resources
  4. Support interaction and positive behaviour

    Includes:

    • Resources

Helpful classroom strategies years 1-8

Approaches that are useful for students with Down syndrome are often valuable for everyone.

Classroom

What will support learning? What might be a barrier or a distraction?

Four suggestions for implementing this strategy:

Helpful classroom strategies years 9-13

Approaches that are useful for students with Down syndrome are often valuable for everyone.

Student in a play

Student with Down syndrome rehearsing level 2 drama presentation for peer feedback.

Four suggestions for implementing this strategy:

Key resources

Website

New Zealand Down Syndrome Association

Information to describe what Down Syndrome is and life with Down Syndrome.

Publisher: New Zealand Down Syndrome Association

Down syndrome A resource for educators

Down syndrome: A resource for educators

Read time: 35 min

This booklet examines how Down syndrome can influence learning and provides strategies teachers can use in the classroom.

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Website

Education support packs

Comprehensive education support packs for primary and secondary contexts. Contents include "effective strategies for inclusion, developing language skills, accessing the curriculum, teaching reading, developing writing skills, learning mathematics and numeracy skills, promoting positive behaviour and social skills, successful transitions and using computers as an aid to learning".

Publisher: Down's Syndrome Association

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