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Home Literacy Environments of Young Children with Down Syndrome

Title: Home Literacy Environments of Young Children with Down Syndrome: Findings from a Web-based Survey.
Name(s): Al Otaiba, Stephanie, author
Lewis, Sandra, author
Whalon, Kelly, author
Dyrlund, Allison, author
McKenzie, Amy, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Date Issued: 2009-03-01
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Early home literacy experiences, including parent-child book reading, account for a significant amount of childrens' later reading achievement. Yet, there is a very limited research base about the home literacy environments and experiences of children with cognitive disabilities. The purpose of this study is to describe findings from a web-based survey of home literacy environments of young children with Down syndrome. Respondents (n = 107) were mostly mothers; a majority were well-educated. Findings suggest that respondents gave literacy a higher priority than reported in prior research on children with disabilities. Over 70% of respondents had 50 or more childrens' books and also had literacy materials including flashcards, magnetic letters, and educational videos or computer games. Most parents read to their children and used these literacy materials 10-30 minutes per day. Respondents reported that their children had reached many important early literacy milestones and they also described having relatively ambitious life-long literacy goals for their children. Important implications for research and practice are discussed.
Identifier: FSU_pmch_25249712 (IID), 10.1177/0741932508315050 (DOI), PMC4169900 (PMCID), 25249712 (RID), 25249712 (EID)
Keywords: Exceptionalities, Families/parents, Family/parental involvement, Home literacy environment, Mental retardation
Grant Number: P50 HD052120, P50 HD052120-03
Publication Note: This NIH-funded author manuscript originally appeared in PubMed Central at
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Host Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Remedial and special education : RASE.
Issue: iss. 2, vol. 30

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Al Otaiba, S., Lewis, S., Whalon, K., Dyrlund, A., & McKenzie, A. (2009). Home Literacy Environments of Young Children with Down Syndrome: Findings from a Web-based Survey. Remedial And Special Education : Rase. Retrieved from