ABSTRACT

Educating learners with Down syndrome can seem daunting at first, but this practical guide for teachers and carers to using evidence-based practices shows you how.

Taking a unique lifespan, curriculum-based approach, Rhonda M. Faragher promotes the understanding that people with Down syndrome are a diverse group with vast potential and varied learning needs. The book covers core learning areas such as literacy, numeracy, science, and the Humanities, and features key points from the research literature, teaching strategies, practitioner vignettes, and personal stories from people with Down syndrome. It considers learning from birth and early intervention, through primary and secondary school, to post-secondary education and into various contexts of adulthood.

Drawing on the latest research, this guide for educators is rich with strategies, as well as tips from other parents and teachers, providing an accessible and empowering resource for the delivery of quality education to benefit learners with Down syndrome.

Part I: An introduction to Down syndrome 1. Welcome 2. Understanding Down syndrome Part II: Issues in learning and teaching 3. The education adventure begins 4. Building on strengths 5. Learning in inclusive classrooms 6. Including a student with Down syndrome in your class 7. Learning outside the classroom in inclusive settings Part III: The curriculum across the lifespan 8. Language and communication 9. Reading as one aspect of literacy learning 10. Learning mathematics: making a start 11. Mathematics in secondary school 12. Learning across the curriculum Part IV: Learning in life contexts 13. Learning at home 14. Learning in the workplace 15. Studying post-secondary education 16. Literacy 17. Numeracy Part V: Epilogue 18. Epilogue: final words from our contributors with Down syndrome