Gestures and patience for communicating with people with Down Syndrome

by Beatrice Credi - 2016.08.02
Gestures and patience for communicating with people with Down Syndrome
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What is the best way to comunicate with individuals with Down Syndrome? The project “Communiquons Ensemble” conducted by two French researchers whose primary aim was to identify language difficulties and to understand which behaviors could best facilitate use of language. They recorded interaction with individuals who have Trisomy 21. Results indicated the importance of gestures for helping individuals find the right words and to express thoughts in a cohesive manner. The real key, they revealed, had to do with “timing”. Being in a hurry makes things worse. Being patient and letting the individual have the necessary time and space to express himself/herself is the best way to improve relationships with people who have Down Syndrome.

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