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Elizabeth Kay-Raining Bird

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My research has focussed primarily upon language development in disordered populations, particularly children with Down syndrome. Studies have included profiling the language production and comprehension abilities of this population and identifying factors that impact that development; examining the process of new word acquisition and factors that impact that process; and examining the relationship between language and literacy skills and how that plays out over time. With network funds, my colleagues Patricia Cleave, Derrick Bourassa and I have been studying the efficacy of three interventions that impact reading in children with Down syndrome. In a second study led by Nancy Cohen, we have been assessing the effectiveness of TLC3--a prevention program focussed on supporting language and early literacy skills through a variety of means--for preschool children, at risk for school failure.

The language and culture of my heritage is passed on to me orally. it's a different way off learning than how I am taught at school. How do I keep my traditional culture alive while learning to read and being immersed in the majority culture?

Reading is the core of learning and staying in school . improving reading skills with young Aboriginal children can open up the doors to future prospects.

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