DSRF Educational Videos

At the Down Syndrome Research Foundation, we initiate and participate in research that provides insight into the learning profile of students with Down syndrome. We regularly review research and best practice information, incorporate what is known about the learning strengths and challenges associated with Down syndrome, and also consider the unique profile of the individual students we work with when developing our programs. Our video resources are aimed at sharing practical teaching strategies and best practice to optimize the learning success of your child or student with Down syndrome. Videos can be viewed through the links below, and are also available as a free downloadable podcast through the iTunes store. Subscribe to the podcast and future videos will automatically download to your computer or device as they become available.

Reading Video 1: Successful Strategies for Beginning Readers with Down Syndrome

This 30-minute video outlines our successful strategies for beginning readers and contains both practical ideas as well as footage of these ideas in practice. It is never too early or too late for learning to read and these strategies can be used with very young children to the adult learner.

Reading Video 2: Successful Strategies: Memory, Phonological Awareness and Beginning Phonics

This 30-minute video is the companion to Successful Strategies for Beginning Readers and supports the next step in reading development. The video explains that students with Down syndrome may have difficulties with auditory memory due to auditory processing difficulties and/or hearing loss, and demonstrates activities that target the development of auditory memory. Strategies to support phonological awareness, the ability to hear sounds and syllables within words and to hear words within sentences, are also demonstrated. Phonics skills, which allow a student to understand the relationship between sounds and letters and use these skills to decode unknown words, are also explored.

Reading Video 3: Developing Phonics Skills and Reading Fluency

This video demonstrates a variety of activities you can use to support the development of phonics skills and reading fluency. Skills focused on are digraphs and consonant blends, segmenting and blending, and reading fluency.

Click here to download printable resources and reading exercises that are referred to and demonstrated in the three reading videos.

The Down Syndrome Research Foundation also offers one-to-one reading instruction, as well as workshops and consultations for caregivers, teachers and other instructors. The DSRF reading videos can also be purchased in DVD format. For more information, e-mail info@DSRF.org.

Special thanks to Telus and Bell Alliance Studios, who made the DSRF reading video series possible.

© DSRF, 2013