Parent Perception of Down's Syndrome Scotland (DSS) Communication Groups

Carolyn Anderson, Wendy Cohen

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Abstract

Down’s Syndrome Scotland is a charitable organisation aimed at improving the lives of people with Downs syndrome (DS). Children with DS have delays in speech and language skills which will affect communication and education. Parent programmes have been shown to be effective in significantly improving language skills in children with learning disabilities. DSS offer groups for parents across Scotland based on practical speech and language activities that parents can use at home to support their child’s communication. There are 3 group formats depending on design and delivery; some groups are designed for parents only or parent and child, one group is delivered by co-workers instead of a speech and language therapist. The aim of the study is to provide an independent evaluation of the three programmes from the parents’ perspective. The evaluation outcome will aid in decision-making, taking into account parental views as well as estimation by DSS on cost-effectiveness.
LanguageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
Commissioning bodyDown Syndrome Scotland
Number of pages39
Publication statusUnpublished - 30 Jun 2014

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Scotland
Down Syndrome
Communication
Parents
Language Development Disorders
Language
Learning Disorders
Disabled Children
Program Evaluation
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Decision Making
Organizations
Education

Keywords

  • Downs syndrome
  • learning disabilities
  • parent programmes
  • child care

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Edinburgh, 2014. 39 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

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