The STRANDS publication aims to equip primary teachers and special education teachers with a wide range of instructional strategies that can be used to facilitate participation and learning among children with Down syndrome and general learning disabilities.
A first of its kind in Ireland, STRANDS is a richly informative and comprehensive book which was developed by the Department of Special Education at Mary Immaculate College (MIC) in collaboration with the Special Education Support Service (SESS).
The text has 14 ‘strands’ relating to information about the needs and strengths of children with Down syndrome and provides specific research supported methods for teaching them in the major areas of the curriculum including language, literacy and mathematics. As the emphasis is on instructional practices that are responsive to the needs of visual learners, this book will be of interest to primary teachers who are teaching a wide range of children with general learning disabilities and special educational needs. This book also provides hundreds of visual illustrations of strategies and methods which teachers can apply in their classrooms.
While a copy has been posted to each primary and special school throughout the country, additional copies are available for purchase from the Curriculum Development Unit of Mary Immaculate College at 061-204366 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A sample chapter is available to download below: