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Revista CEFAC

versão impressa ISSN 1516-1846versão On-line ISSN 1982-0216

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REGIS, Mariane Sousa et al. Speech-language therapy stimulation in children with Down’s syndrome. Rev. CEFAC [online]. 2018, vol.20, n.3, pp.271-280. ISSN 1516-1846.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1982-0216201820319617.

Objective:

to analyze the contributions of speech-language therapy to the language development of children with Down syndrome (DS).

Methods:

eleven children with DS participated in the research. The children were between zero and five years of age, of both genders and attending a university extension project involving eight therapy sessions following stimulation guidelines. Children were evaluated before and after speech-language stimulation. The stimulation guidelines were based on the following aspects of language development: coordination of sensorimotor schema, constitution of object permanence, gestural/body imitation, imitation of utterances, deferred imitation and use of symbolic schema, communicative intent, receptive vocabulary and expressive vocabulary: words and phrases. The study was approved by the Research Ethics Committee of the institution. Data were analyzed quantitatively.

Results:

there were significant differences in the pre- and post-speech-language intervention in the following skills parameters: gestural/body imitation, imitation of utterances, deferred imitation and use of symbolic schema, communicative intent and receptive vocabulary.

Conclusion:

early stimulation of linguistic and cognitive aspects is important in the development of children with DS, as evidenced by the immediate development of speech-language skills in children after the intervention.

Palavras-chave : Speech-language; Down syndrome; Language; Rehabilitation of Speech and Language Disorders.

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