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1. A Parent's Guide to Down Syndrome : Toward a Brighter Future, Revised Edition by Siegfried M., MD Pueschel, Paperback: 352 pages, Publisher: Paul H Brookes
For over 10 years, parents and professionals have trusted Dr. Pueschel's best-selling book--and now they can get the latest information in his new edition. Crossing the lifespan, this thorough volume highlights developmental stages and shows recent advances that can improve a child's quality of life. New topics covered include the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 1997; innovative services, programs, and support groups; the latest prenatal genetic testing methods; the impact of play on gross motor development; and the association of Down syndrome with other disorders. Written by leading experts, many of whom are parents of children with Down syndrome, this book offers readers the advice and insight they need.

2. Early Communication Skills for Children With Down Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals by Libby Kumin, Paperback: 368 pages, Publisher: Woodbine House
Throughout the new edition, the author incorporates the latest research on Down syndrome and communication development. She has added new chapters on high- and low-tech augmentative and alternative communication options, as well as articulation and literacy (how reading aids in the learning of language, speech, and auditory skills). New checklists on evaluating and treating speech problems, and numerous home activities designed to help children master each stage of communication development have also been added.

3. Teaching Reading to Children With Down Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Teachers (Topics in Down Syndrome) by Patricia Logan Oelwein, Paperback: 371 pages, Publisher: Woodbine House
Teach your child to read using the author's nationally recognized, proven method. From introducing the alphabet to writing and spelling, the lessons are easy to follow. The many pictures and flash cards included appeal to visual learners and are easy to photocopy!

4. Gross Motor Skills in Children With Down Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals (Topics in Down Syndrome) by Patricia C. Winders, Paperback: 236 pages, Publisher: Woodbine House
Children with Down syndrome master basic gross motor skills-everything from rolling over to running-just as their peers do, but may need additional help. This guide illustrates more than 100 activities for parents and professionals to practice with children from birth through age six. Checklists allow readers to plan and track a child's progress.

5. Fine Motor Skills in Children With Down Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals (Topics in Down Syndrome) by Maryanne Bruni, Paperback: 191 pages, Publisher: Woodbine House
This is a great resource for parents of young children with Down syndrome. The author is encouraging and helpful, offering several activities for reaching each goal. Her explanation of the components of fine motor coordination are very helpful in allowing a more complete understanding of the reason why your child is doing each activity he/she does.

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