Speech and language therapists

Information, help and advice for speech and language therapists working with children and adults with Down syndrome

In this section, you will find information about our Down Syndrome Ireland Speech and Language Therapy Special Interest Group (DSI SIG) and how you can get involved as well as a pathway to our dedicated SLT section which is broken down into life stages from early years right up to adulthood.

  • Down Syndrome Ireland speech and language therapy special interest group

    The Down Syndrome Ireland Speech and Language Therapy Special Interest Group (DSI SIG) was founded by Down Syndrome Ireland in 2009.

    The primary purpose of the DSI SIG is to promote evidence-based practice through the provision of specialist training and education for speech and language therapists (SLTs) working with people with Down syndrome. The DSI SIG also provides a structured forum for SLTs to share and develop expertise and research findings.

    The DSI SIG is one of the many ways the national organisation for people with Down syndrome and their families provides services and resources to the professional community.

    There is no membership fee required to join the DSI SIG.

    To join the DSI SIG, please complete this registration form:

  • Dedicated SLT area

    Our dedicated Speech and Language therapy section has been compiled by Nicola Hart, our Speech and Language Advisor and head of our Member Support Team. The information is broken down into life stages from early year’s right up to adulthood and is a very useful tool for professionals working with people with Down syndrome.

    You can access it here.

  • Pre-school educators

    See and Learn is an evidence based, structured teaching programme which teaches speech, language and reading skills in small steps for children with Down syndrome up to 6 years of age. 

    The programme is designed to help parents and educators provide young children with the additional support and practice they need to learn language.

    The programme is designed to help parents and educators provide young children with the additional support and practice they need to learn language.

    We are investing in the programme with funds raised through our HB Fundays campaign this year.

    During 2020, we want to put a See and Learn pack in every participating pre-school in the country that has a child with Down syndrome attending as well as provide training to early years educators.

    You can find out more about the programme and upcoming workshop dates here.

    If you would like to participate in the programme, you will receive See and Learn training and also a free See and Learn kit. Please contact Gavin McDonnell, See and Learn Project Leader at gavin@downsyndrome.ie.  

  • Contact us

    For queries or for further information, please contact our National Speech & Language Advisor Nicola Hart on 01 4266500 or email her at info@downsyndrome.ie