Are language impairments common among students with Down syndrome? This question helped the research by analyzing the statistics available about learning difficulties faced by children with Down syndrome in various places. The second question was ‘Does reading and language intervention have a positive impact on children with Down syndrome?’ This question guided the research in analyzing the impacts of reading and language interventions in children with Down syndrome, which further helped in assessing the efficacy of the study. The last research question in this study was ‘What are the factors that affect the response to the intervention in developing children with Down syndrome?’ From this question, the study elaborated the factors, whether intrinsic or extrinsic that affects the efficacy of this research (Burgoyne et. al., 2012).
There exist a number of publications about children with Down syndrome as illustrated in this article (Burgoyne et. al., 2012). Most researchers have found out that children with Down syndrome have a learning difficulty, but they can still read despite having varied attainment levels. Such authors include Byrne et al (2002) in their article where they did a comparative study of children with Down syndrome and their mainstream peer. Also reviewed here is a publication by Laws & Gunn, 2002, in their article where they analyzed the relationships between reading, phonological skills and language development in individuals with Down syndrome. After this five-year study, they came up with the same conclusion as Byrne et al. The article also reviews other study interventions put forth for children with Down syndrome. An example is the use of phonics for teaching and reading as elaborated by DCSF (2009), NRP (2000), and Rose (2007). It also highlights the debates that have arisen over the effectiveness of this method. From these publications, features of children with DS are also discussed. ...Show more