The Long Game

The Diary of a Not So Ordinary Boy

If you had asked me three years ago whether Sam would be reading using a synthetic phonic based approach, I would have laughed in your face.  We tried, we really did, but when it came to reading, Sam couldn’t blend efficiently enough to create words out of print, let alone any meaning out of a sentence.  Having done a little bit of reading around the subject of teaching a child with Down Syndrome to read, I was bitterly disappointed to see how little his inroads into the delights of reading were, but I could understand why.

One of the by-products, if you like, of an extra chromosome number 21 can be slower brain processing.  This is evident in the way that Sam finds it difficult to appreciate danger (crossing roads can lead to fun and games), in the way that it takes him longer to respond to requests (putting aside…

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