Motor Skills

  • Bruni, Maryanne, Fine Motor Skills in Children with Down Syndrome: A Guide For Parents and Professionals, 2nd edition (Woodbine House, 2006). This expanded edition provides a comprehensive overview of fine motor development in children with Down syndrome and includes many strategies for helping children master daily living skills.
  • Winders, Patricia C., Gross Motor Skills for Children with Down Syndrome, 2nd edition (Woodbine House, 2014). An updated version of Winders’ guide for developing gross motor skills for children from birth to age 6.

Communication Skills

  • Kumin, Libby, Helping Children With Down Syndrome Communicate Better: Speech and Language Skills for Ages 6-14 (Woodbine House, 2008). Covers the challenges faced by children with Down syndrome as the communication gap with their peers starts to widen during the school years. Includes pragmatics, conversation skills, speech intelligibility, and augmentative and alternative communication systems.
  • Kumin, Libby and Will Schermerhorn, What Did You Say? A Guide to Speech Intelligibility in People With Down Syndrome (Woodbine House, 2006). In this DVD, Libby Kumin covers issues which affect speech intelligibility in children and adults with Down syndrome and strategies for improving clarity of speech.
  • Lee, Caroline, Targeting Language Delays: IEP Goals and Activities for Children with Developmental Challenges (Woodbine House, 2014). Strategies for teaching listening, language and reading skills.
  • Lindsay, Leslie, Speaking of Apraxia: A Parents’ Guide to Childhood Apraxia of Speech (Woodbine House, 2012). A parent summarizes current knowledge and treatment options for Childhood Apraxia of Speech and shares helpful strategies.

Augmentative and Assistive Technology

Academic Skills


  • Broun, Leslie and Patricia Oelwein, Literacy Skill Development for Students With Special Learning Needs: A Strength Based Approach (Dude Publishing, 2007). Visual learning approach to developing literacy skills.
  • Horstmeier, DeAnna, Try Reading Again: How to Motivate and Teach Older Beginners, Age 10 and Up (Woodbine House, 2012). A beginning reading program tailored to the interests and vocabulary of older readers.
  • Oelwein, Patricia Logan, Teaching Reading to Children with Down Syndrome (Woodbine House, 1995). A nationally recognized method for teaching reading to children with Down syndrome.
  • See and Learn Language and Reading Program
  • Sign Me a Story
  • Special Reads for Special Needs


  • Hale, Natalie, Managing My Money (Woodbine House, 2010). Money management skills for teens and adults with intellectual disabilities.
  • Horstmeier, DeAnna, Teaching Math to People with Down Syndrome and Other Hands-on Learners, Book I: Basic Survival Skills (Woodbine House, 2004). This program for teaching math has been used successfully with a variety of individuals with cognitive disabilities. Activities concentrate on visual learning strategies and on elementary school topics, such as number sense, counting, calculations, and measurement.
  • Horstmeier, DeAnna, Teaching Math Activities and Games CD-ROM (Woodbine House, 2008). This companion to her Teaching Math series allows parents to print out worksheets, games, and teaching aids from the appendices of her books.
  • See and Learn Numbers Program
  • Touch Math
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