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Promote Developmental Expectations & Prevent Maladaptive Skills in Those with Down Syndrome-Part 1

2.0 Hours

Course Description

With Down Syndrome being the most common genetic disorder in the world, this 3-part series will dive deep into topics to optimize speech and language skills across the lifespan in those with Down Syndrome. The presenter will explore ways to promote, prepare and practice these skills to increase independence and future success. As the first course in this 3-part Down Syndrome series, the presenter will introduce the diagnosis of Down syndrome as a set of physiological, cognitive, and behavioral phenotypes. Knowing these will help clinicians promote appropriate oral myofunctional, speech, and language/cognitive development. Treatment techniques, materials, and resources will be shared for use in multiple functional settings.

Related Courses:
Prepare for Success: How to Target Speech Skills Without Sacrificing Language Goals - Part 2
Practice Speech Skills for Continued Success and Independence - Part 3

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By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

Identify the physiological and cognitive needs of those with Down syndrome to make important speech, language, and feeding treatment decisions.
Discuss the developmental trajectories of young children with intellectual disabilities and dysarthria to prevent unnecessary speech, language, and feeding difficulties.
Describe the best treatment techniques and materials to promote success and carryover in multiple functional settings.

About Presenters

Jennifer Gray


Jennifer Gray is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist with 20 years of experience treating those with speech, language, and feeding delays and disorders. She has spent the last 12+ of those years specializing in communication and feeding for those with the intellectual disabilities and motor speech disorders. She owns and operates companies offering consulting and direct services, including Early Intervention and private practice for infants, children, teens, and adults through traditional and telepractice/teletherapy settings. Her experience working in universities, public schools, private practice, and early intervention settings has led her to seek more effective therapeutic approaches for young children with moderate to severe intellectual and motor speech needs. She currently trains therapists, caretakers, and educators to use methods that work teaching courses and speaking at local, state, and national conventions. Jennifer Gray continues to seek and develop innovative and evidence-based practices to ensure functional outcomes for educational, social, and independent living success.

Additional Information

Introductory Level
0.20 ASHA CEUs

ASHA CE Provider approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.

Course Timeline

10 min: Introduction
20 min: Physiology and cognition as etiologies of speech, language, and feeding disorders
10 min: Prevention of common myths of Down syndrome
20 min: Caregiver/educator coaching and consulting and roles of treatment
30 min: Techniques, materials and resources to use immediately in your practice
30 min: Q&A

Course Disclosure

The content of this course is based on the research and experience of the presenter. You are responsible to do your own research to determine if the information and skills taught are appropriate for your clients/students/patients.
Disclosure Statement for Jennifer Gray
Financial Jennifer Gray is self-Employed at Connected Speech, LLC and Grays Peak Speech Services, LLC. She is also a trainer for LSVT Loud. Jennifer received compensation for this presentation from SpeechTherapyPD.com.
Nonfinancial No relevant non-financial relationships exist.

Jennifer Gray


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