Reading instruction in students with Down syndrome must focus on their areas of strength: visual learning, visual short term memory, and social understanding. Check out the Developmental Profile of Strengths and Weaknesses by Sue Buckley, reprinted by the DSFOC Learning Program.
The Down Syndrome Guild utilizes the DSFOC Learning Program curriculum and materials in helping support students with reading development in grades PK-3. We also recommend utilizing Reading A to Z in higher grades.
Watch this video about Successful Strategies for Beginning Readers with Down Syndrome by Down Syndrome Research Foundation - Canada
Check out information from Down Syndrome Education Online for tips, techniques, and strategies for helping teach your child to read, including this article Teaching children with Down syndrome to read by Sue Buckley and Gillian Bird.
- Accommodations Checklist for Students with Down Syndrome (new version)
- Reading Our Way: A Visual Approach to Teaching Literacy
- Reading intervention tips and FREE materials/curriculum downloads - Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County
- ereadingpro offers online books and materials to help students wtih Down syndrome read.
- Special Offspring Educational Tools offers education programs and materials for students with Down syndrome and other developmental delays.
- Spelling You See
- Handwriting Without Tears
- Special Reads for Special Needs
Sightword Reading Resources
- Snap Words
- 5 Strategies to use with picture books
- Printable activities to teach sight words
- DSFOC Sight Word Readers - Print materials for free here
- Super Teacher Worksheets - Printables for comprehension and sight word support