Supporting Language and Articulation for Bilingual Children with Down Syndrome Using Functional Phrases

A question I am frequently asked as a speech-language pathologist who works with a large caseload of students with Down syndrome (DS) is, “What are some strategies you use to develop language and articulation skills in children with DS?” This is a loaded question, since the abilities of children with DS vary greatly. Before considering strategies, we need to conduct an appropriate language and speech assessment for each child. After this is completed, we can write goals and come up with a treatment plan. For detailed information about how to conduct articulation and language assessments for children with DS, consult the following resource: Assessment Guide for Children with Down Syndrome

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Cultural and Linguistic Diversity of American Speech Language Pathologists

I hope to bring to your attention to some multicultural issues that exist within the speech language pathologist membership demographic of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA), provide you with information on programs available to all ASHA members, and share ways you can become more involved in your community. 

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