Do you worry that no one outside of your immediate family can understand what your child says?
This DVD, by one of the most respected speech-language pathologists in the field of Down syndrome, looks at the importance of speech intelligibility and what makes clear speech challenging for people with Down syndrome. Dr. Libby Kumin explains in easy-to-understand terms the components of speech that parents and SLPs should pay attention to, helping them identify what a child or adult needs to work on in speech therapy.
What Did You Say? reminds parents that, like it or not, the quality of their child's speech often reflects on how society perceives their child's abilities. Dr. Kumin's positive outlook reassures viewers that improvement is possible, especially when you know what the problems are. The video carefully defines the factors that contribute to understandable speech.
This comprehensive overview of speech intelligibility problems is useful to parents of young children who speak but are not easily understood. What Did You Say? is also an excellent companion to Dr. Kumin's books Early Communication Skills for Children with Down Syndrome and Helping Children with Down Syndrome Communicate Better.
These include such issues as anatomical factors (size of a child's tongue in relation to the size of his mouth, for example), articulation, intonation, the ability to sequence sounds in the proper order, the rate of speech, and social use of language (eye contact, using facial expressions and gestures to get a message across). The DVD features dozens of boys and girls with Down syndrome, from preschool age to young adulthood, with various levels of understandable speech. They may be working on a problem area and giving parents a chance to hear what different speech problems sound like, or demonstrating understandable speech and showing what can be achieved with effective speech therapy.
The DVD features a bonus section with useful tips on writing effective Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals related to speech intelligibility.
Writer-producer Libby Kumin, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology at Loyola College (Maryland), where she founded the Down syndrome Center for Excellence.
The video was directed by Will Schermerhorn, whose other DVD's include Down syndrome: The First 18 Months, and Discovery:Pathways to Better Speech for Children with Down syndrome.
59 minutes. 2006. Public performance rights are included for this product.