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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 1982-0216.


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


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.


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.


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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