Down Syndrome

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Down Syndrome Video

How to accommodate for students with Down Syndrome?

Cooperative learning groups for social interactions
Hands-on activities
Visual activities such as flash cards, pictures, and photos
Collaboration within special and general education
Encourage them to develop their social and academic skills that they can be employed in the future
Break lessons and activities into small chunks
Provide opportunities to work on communication and articulation
Use student praise and positive feedback
What are some teacher assessments that can be used in the classroom?
Since Parents know their child better than anyone does, they are the prime source of assessment information.
Types of Assessment
Formal Assessment
Informal Assessment
Building a Portfolio Assessment

þ tape recordings
þ artwork
þ speech samples
þ printing and writing samples
þ logs and journals
þ classroom tests
þ projects
þ anecdotal examples
þ home and school checklists
þ self evaluation
þ peer evaluation
þ photographs and videos

Picture Matching Activity for Children with Down Syndrome
Down Syndrome (DS) affects reading comprehension skills. A child who has DS would benefit from word-picture matching game. So would a child without the syndrome, a child who has a reading problem. To prepare this game, pair up a DS child with a child without the syndrome, select a book or short story that features simple words with which the children are already familiar with. Before reading the story to the children, move through it and highlight words. Gather pictures that represent each of the highlighted words, and spread them out on a table. Sit down with the child and read the story to him, allowing them to look over the page as you read. As you get to each highlighted word, pause and allow the children to select the image that represents the word in question. Praise them profusely for their successes.
Puzzle Game for Children with Down Syndrome
Children with Down Syndrome frequently have a difficulty to take the information around them and understand the world in which they live. Teachers and parents can help children with DS to build their basic skills by creating the following puzzle for them to complete. To build this puzzle, choose pictures of faces from magazines, or faces of relatives and friends. Cut each image apart, separating the features carefully. Place your cut apart faces in envelopes or bags. Allow the children to put them back together, practicing their understanding of face structure. To make the game more interactive, put a magnet at the back of each face puzzle piece with and place them on a magnet board or fridges, letting the children to piece them together whenever they want to, or even mix and match the face pieces to create comical combinations for fun, to help the children develop their sense of humor.