New reading and language intervention (RLI)

Our new reading and language intervention will be shipping in a few weeks and we are now accepting pre-publication orders for the teacher’s handbook.

DSE’s Reading and Language Intervention for Children with Down Syndrome (RLI) teaches language and literacy skills following evidence-based principles adapted to meet the specific learning needs of children with Down syndrome aged 5 to 11 years.

RLI was evaluated in a randomised controlled trial in the UK. The study was funded by the UK Big Lottery Fund and conducted by researchers at Down Syndrome Education International and at The Centre for Reading and Language at the University of York. RLI builds on earlier work on reading and language interventions at the University of York, adapting teaching techniques to meet the learning profile of children with Down syndrome. The primary findings of the trial were reported in a paper published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

Further information online

In addition to the scientific paper, we have published detailed information about the study, our findings and our recommendations online.

Pre-publication orders

We are accepting pre-publication orders in the UK and will begin accepting orders in the US shortly (as soon as we are confident about the timing of getting stock to the California office).

RLI email list

We have launched an email discussion list for parents and educators using RLI or interested in learning more about it.

To subscribe to the DS-RLI discussion list, please complete this online form or email listserv@listserv.down-syndrome.net with “subscribe DS-RLI” in the body of the message (without quotation marks).

Online information events

We also are hosting a series of online information events explaining what RLI is, what it offers, who it may be suitable for and how it was evaluated. To find out more about the events and available dates and times, and to book, please visit the event page.