Child Development

Evaluating Autism in a Chinese Population

Dr. Layton and Dr. Hao have published a research study on a new diagnostic test for autism spectrum disorders called the Clinical Autism Diagnostic Scale (CADS). You can read the full abstract below the break:

Little Jazz Man came to Grady Grasshopper.  He was playing a saxophone.  The music was unusual but calming.  Little Jazz Man asked, “Can you teach me to play the saxophone?”

Introducing Little Jazz Man

Hello friends and family, Some of you are aware that I have written my first children’s book titled, Little Jazz Man. It is about a little cricket who wants to learn how to play a musical instrument.  He goes looking for just the right instrument and meets many interesting critters who play different instruments.

Connecting "Families to Families" in China

The YangAi Parent Club Guangzhou, China, invited a family with a Down syndrome child to visit and meet with families and professionals at their center. The YangAi Parent Club is attempting to connect families to families. Therefore, they invited the Ball family: Douglas, Jane and daughter, Caroline, to visit their center. Plans are underway to […]

Children with Down Syndrome: Communication Issues

I wanted to share an article I wrote about communication issues among children with Down syndrome. It was originally published in the TDSN Newsletter, and it is available on their web site at This article discusses the speech, hearing, and language behaviors in these young children. It also discusses several intervention approaches that are […]

What is the Learning Process?

How do children learn? I have discussed it some in the article, Working with Down Syndrome: Q&A. Now I would like to describe this process further, and how it applies to children with Down syndrome. More of our treatment procedures are also included.

Working with Down Syndrome: Q&A

Often we are asked questions about how we provide treatment for children with Down syndrome.  The following is a series of questions and answers to help families, professionals, and educators regarding our approach to working with these children.

Ask the Expert: Executive Function and Children with Down Syndrome

Note: This article originally appeared in the July/August 2011 issue of TDSN News. In the last Newsletter, we introduced play-behaviors and their relationship to cognitive-language development in children with Down syndrome. In this article, we want to expand this concept by introducing a related cognitive function called Executive Function. Although this may appear to […]


社交和沟通问题 唐氏综合症儿童的生长发育程度是家长们经常关心的一个问题。 家长们在关心他们的孩子能否赶上正常儿童的发育进程的同时, 也很想了解他们的孩子跟其他患有唐氏综合症的孩子相比有何相同和不同。为了能回答家长们的这个问题, 我们建立了此唐氏综合症儿童的发育量表。 该量表提供给家长们正常儿童在儿童,幼儿和学龄前儿童的发育情况, 同时也提供了唐氏综合症儿童的发育情况, 以作为参考。

Developmental Scale for Children with Down Syndrome

Editor’s note: The accompanying form can be downloaded via the link at the bottom of this post. Social and Communication Issues One of the most frequently asked questions by parents of children with Down syndrome is how their child is doing compared to other children with Down syndrome?  They are curious as to whether their […]

Technology Use for Children with Down Syndrome: The iPad

Several families know that we use the Apple iPad with children seen at our Center.  We are being asked what “apps” (i.e., applications) we would recommend and for what age of child.  We would like to start by saying that we have not had our iPad very long since it has only been on the […]