Kathy Cologon at Macquarie University tackles five ‘myths’ about reading development for children with Down syndrome in the Australian Journal of Teacher Education –
- Receptive and Expressive Language – What a child with Down syndrome can understand can be measured by what that child can say.
- Phonological Awareness and Phonic Decoding Skills – Children with Down syndrome cannot develop phonological awareness and phonic decoding skills.
- ‘Reading Readiness’ or (Non)Linear Development – All children need to learn the skills for reading in a linear process wherein each skill is dependent on the previously learned skills.
- Reading Comprehension – Children with Down syndrome cannot understand what they are reading.