Misunderstandings regarding reading development in children with Down syndrome

Kathy Cologon at Macquarie University tackles five ‘myths’ about reading development for children with Down syndrome in the Australian Journal of Teacher Education

  1. Receptive and Expressive Language – What a child with Down syndrome can understand can be measured by what that child can say.
  2. Phonological Awareness and Phonic Decoding Skills – Children with Down syndrome cannot develop phonological awareness and phonic decoding skills.
  3. ‘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.
  4. Reading Comprehension – Children with Down syndrome cannot understand what they are reading.