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Mary Hampton is a specialist speech and language therapist for people with Down Syndrome she works with The Downs Syndrome Training and Support Service in Bradford and Down's Syndrome Derby as well as a number of individual children .

The Speech Therapists at Language Therapy have trained to use TalkTools therapy to address oro motor difficulties in children who are experiencing speech motor difficulties. In addition, Mary Hampton has completed the level 1 and level 2 course as well as being trained in the use of TalkTools to address feeding problems.

"Children who have Down's Syndrome face complicated challenges in mastering and using speech language and communication skills. With the right opportunities and support they can develop communication skills that help them to make relationships and socialise, communicate wishes needs and aspirations and use language effectively as a tool in all sorts of situations. It is vital that pupils with Down's Syndrome and the staff who support them have access to specialist input from speech and language therapists throughout their school careers"

Taken from the Down's Syndrome Association leaflet speech and language therapy provision for school aged children who have Down's Syndrome.

The needs of children with Down's Syndrome tend to be different to the needs of other children with learning difficulties, because of their hearing and speech motor difficulties.

People with Down's Syndrome require direct teaching of specific aspects of language and communication skills as well as good language models and general language stimulation to support language learning.

Greatest gains in language are usually made when intervention is started early, however people who have Down's syndrome can benefit from speech and language therapy throughout life.

"speech and language therapy should continue for all teenagers... as for the primary age group" Sue Buckley and Patricia Le Provost.

Mary Hampton has completed the specialist speech and language therapy course run by the Down's Syndrome Association and works with a number of individual children, The Downs Syndrome Training and Support Service in Bradford and Down's Syndrome Derby .

Language Therapy Ltd therapists have trained to use TalkTools therapy to address oro motor difficulties in children who are experiencing speech motor difficulties. In addition, Mary Hampton has completed the level 1 and level 2 course as well as being trained in the use of TalkTools to address feeding problems.