Date
19 February 2019

Support literacy and numeracy using recommended approaches

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Key areas students may need support’

Adopt practical hands-on approaches

Adopt practical hands-on approaches

Strategies and practical ideas to support beginning readers with Down syndrome.

Build phonics skills

Build phonics skills

Activities to support the development of phonics skills and reading fluency.

Build auditory memory

Build auditory memory

Reading strategies for building auditory memory and sound discrimination for students with Down syndrome.

Take a multi-sensory to teaching numeracy

Take a multi-sensory to teaching numeracy

Allow students to develop concepts using all their senses. Connect activities to real life whenever possible.
  • Use concrete materials and hands-on activities.
  • Maximise the use of visuals and support learning with visual materials, cues and supports where possible.
  • Break tasks into small component steps and provide lots of practice and reinforcement.
  • Find extra activities to practise and consolidate skills in a range of contexts.
  • Revisit and consolidate previously-learned skills before introducing new material that builds on them.
  • Relate mathematics to daily living skills wherever possible.
  • Use simple language – explicitly teach the language of mathematics alongside the concepts.
  • Use app games for skills practice – they increase motivation and allow intensive repetition of skills.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

Primary education support pack

Publisher: Down's Syndrome Association

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Website

Secondary education support pack

Publisher: Down's Syndrome Association

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Website

Special iApps

Publisher: Special iApps

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Key areas to support”:

Return to the guide “Down syndrome and learning”

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