Last Updated: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Principal Investigator: Chris Lemons, Ph.D.
Our research study focuses on teaching children with Down syndrome (DS) how to read during the 2013-2014 school year.
During this phase, the teacher of participating students will be trained and will provide reading intervention to their student for approximately 40 minutes daily over the course of the school year. We are looking for students 5 to 17 years old with Down syndrome who are at an early stage of reading development. Eligible students will need to know a few letter sounds and/or words, but will not be reading more than 20 words correctly in one minute on a 1st grade reading passage. We will conduct a screening assessment to verify your child’s reading ability.The student’s teacher and principal must provide permission for the study to take place at the student’s school.
For additional detail, please review the permission forms that can be accessed at this link: Download here
Seth King, our Project Coordinator, will answer any questions and will work with you to obtain the necessary permissions from the child's teacher and principal.
(a) A child with Down syndrome between 5 and 17 years;
(b) A native speaker of English;
(c) Able to see and hear well enough to benefit from typical classroom instruction;
(d) Able to use speech as their primary form of communication;
(e) Behaviorally ready to attend to 40 minutes of 1-to-1 instruction with minimal breaks;
(f) In an early stage of reading development.
(g) Attends school 175 miles or less from Vanderbilt University.
Reading evaluations and intervention at your child's school at no cost
Project Coordinator, Seth King