QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 76 - Page 12

Research helps children with Down’s syndrome improve speech S peech and Language researchers are taking their expertise out to schools to help children with Down’s syndrome improve their communication skills. The project involves the use of pioneering visual feedback technology to help children with Down’s syndrome, between the ages of six and ten years of age, with their speech communication skills. The research project will train school learning assistants to assist children with their speech improvement whilst still attending their own school. The project builds on pioneering speech and language therapy technology developed by researchers at QMU. Down’s syndrome is the most common genetic cause of mild to moderate learning difficulties, affecting 1 in every 1000 children born. Children with Down’s syndrome tend to have poor speech skills. Their difficulties with speech production can reduce their speech ѕ)ݡѼѡ)ͅمхյȁ)ɕ́)ȁLȁ]D4Te)M1Յ)ѡɅа胊q%)ɔ՝Ѽչє)ѥٕ䰁ѡ́Ёѡ)Սѥɽɕ̸ձѥ)ݥѠչѥՍ͙ձ)ݥЁѡɵѥ)ɥ́͡ѕɅѥѼ)ѡݥȁչ丁Q͔)ձѥ́ѕͥ)Ѽձѡݡѡ)Ёչѥ̻t)MѥՕ胊q ٕѥ)ՅѡɅ)ɕ́Ցѽ䁙)ݡѡͽݥѠݻe)幑ɽЁ͔݅́Ѽ)ѡȁt)QE5Tɕ͕ɍѕ)ѡɕɔɥ܁)ѥѕ)ݥѠѡɅ()ձ)͕)ȁ)ѥٕѼ)ɕݥѠ)ݻé幑ɽ)QUٕͥéɱ)ɔ́ɌЁЁ)ɕݥѠݻé幑ɽ)ɕɕݕѼ)٥ՅQɅ)ɕɑͥ)ɽٕ́ɕe)ݡѡ͕)ɽѽɅ䀡A)͡ФQ́܁ɕ͕ɍɽ)͕́ѡɽЁѡ́A)ѡɅݡݥ܁͕)ͽ1ѡ̸͍)Aɽͽȁ)Mɕѽ)ѡ Ց䰁M)1ՅI͕ɍ ɔ)ЁE5T胊q)ᅍѱݡЁѡѽՔ́)ͥѡѠ́Ʌѥ)E5e=T!ѠIхѥ))ٕ䁑ձи) ܁؁ȰD4T)ٕ́Ʌ)ѕ́Ѽ٥܁ɕɐ)ѽՔٕ̻t)ÁѕՔݡ)ЁЁɽѥ䁅م9!L)̸Aɕɑ́ݡɔ)ݡѡѽՔ́х)ݥѠѡɽѡѠɥ)%Ёѥձɱ)͕հ́ͽ)ɕݥѠձѥ)Ѽɽٔѡȁ͔)Ёɽ٥́٥ՅѼѡ)ݡ)́Ёɑɥ䁅م)́Ёɕɕ䁽ݡ)ѡ̸QѕՔ)́ɽ٥ѥձɱ䁡հѼ)ɕݥѠݻé幑ɽ)́ѡ䁅ɔݸѼɕ)ݕѼ٥Յѥձ)AɽͽȁMͅ胊q%Ё)ѥѕѡЁѼ)ɍЁɕݥѠ)ݻé幑ɽٔɥ