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Down Syndrome Research Forum - University College Cork

Published; 4th April 2019


There was a full packed programme last week at the Down Syndrome Research Forum: Exploring best practice in speech, language and communication at University College Cork


Becky was invited to be one of the keynote speakers as well as deliver a workshop on her PhD project evaluating a language intervention working on understanding and the use of regular past tense.


The World Café, enabling parents and speech and language therapists to develop priorities in research, was a huge success. 



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52nd Annual Gatlinburg Conference Texas;

Translational Research On Down Syndrome

Published; 6th April 2019


It was great to catch up with everyone at the 52nd Annual Gatlinburg Conference; Translational Research On Down Syndrome hosted by UCLA & UC Davis in Texas.


Thanks to Chris Lemons (Vanderbilt Peabody College) & Sue Buckley (Down Syndrome Education International) for organising the symposium, we were really pleased with the number of people who came to see us and the great feedback and questions at the end.…/g…/pdf/2019-program-booklet.pdf


IASSIDD 2019 Word Congress in Glasgow

Published; 10th August 2019


Becky attended the IASSIDD 2019 Word Congress in Glasgow. This 4 day conference provided a wide range of presentations across specific themes related to Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities including communication, challenging behaviour, inclusive education, families, ageing and quality of life.


As part of a Down syndrome specific session on Language, literacy and communication, Becky presented an oral presentation ‘Understanding and applying a grammatical rule: a randomised control trial’.


This conference always provides an opportunity for researchers particularly interested in Down syndrome to present and share their work. In addition, it was interesting to be a part of the roundtable discussion on testing and to attend the IASSIDD Down Syndrome Special Interest Research Group AGM. Becky was delighted to be accepted as a member-at-large of this international group.




Down Syndrome Education International Research Forum 2019

Published; 19th September 2019


Earlier this week we attended another interesting and informative research forum, thanks to Down Syndrome Education International. This 2 day forum is always an excellent event to find out about current research and Becky was delighted to be presenting in the speech and language session. It is also bringing parents, researchers and practitioners together to discuss best practice and goals for the future. There were some excellent talks and discussion.




Survey of the Education Experiences of Children with Down Syndrome Currently in UK Schools

Published; 15th November 2019


At the end of October we launched our online survey with the university of Manchester looking at the educational experiences of children with Down syndrome currently in UK schools.


Thank you so much to all the people who have already completed the survey and also, a huge thank you to all the people and groups who have shared the information. They survey is available to complete online and we would really like to get as many parents, teachers, teaching assistants and SENCos to complete the survey as possible all across the UK.  Click HERE to take part




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