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Literacy Environments For Children With Down Syndrome: What’s Happening At Home?

By: Anne van Bysterveldt, Gail Gillon and Susan Foster-Cohen
This article can be found on Down Syndrome Online. Down Syndrome Online offers comprehensive information about Down syndrome, including articles, books and scientific papers.
Adopting a sociocultural approach to the acquisition of literacy has resulted in a shift in thinking from a ‘reading readiness’ model based on maturational level or the acquisition of a prerequisite set of skills, to an ’emergent literacy’ model which sees literacy as emerging from meaningful and functional interactions with print. This approach emphasises the role of daily literacy based experiences and interaction with adults as well as the child’s active role in becoming literate.
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