The language abilities of 99 children with Down syndrome and the speech and
language services that these children receive were assessed using a parental survey. The
survey addressed both the child’s current abilities and services based on their stage of
language development as well as the services they received in previous stages of
language development. Differences in language abilities were observed based on the
child’s stage of language development, but not the child’s chronological age. Differences
in the type of speech-language services received and parents’ perceptions of the benefits
of language services provided were also observed based on the child’s language stage and
chronological age. Overall, parents considered language services to be beneficial to their
child’s communication abilities; however, some parents noted concerns regarding their
child’s language treatment despite their general satisfaction with these services. Findings
from this study should be used to guide the clinical services offered to children with
Down syndrome as well as research efforts aimed to improve language interventions for
children with Down syndrome.
University of Minnesota M.A. thesis. September 2011. Major: Speech-language-hearing sciences. Advisor: Lizbeth H. Finestack, Ph.D, CCC-SLP. 1 computer file (PDF); vii, 150 pages, appendix A.
Schmidt, Valerie Nicole.
Parent perspectives of the language development and services offered to their children with Down syndrome..
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