Language Development in Children and Young People With Down Syndrome


On June 4, 2019, from 6:30 to 8pm, RWTH Aachen University will present the lecture "Language Development in Children and Young People With Down Syndrome" as part of the "Aachen evening talks on the inclusive school" lecture series. The event is hosted by the Teaching and Research Area Diversity of the Institute of Educational Science, represented by Professor Nina Kolleck.


Down syndrome, DS for short, is one of the most common chromosomal disorders and causes mild to severe intellectual disabilities. Little is known about the language development in children with DS in German-speaking countries. While some can develop comparatively good language skills, sometimes expressing and comprehending complex sentences, others have difficulty with simple sentences.

The lecture aims to provide an update on the current state of research, including information for students and those already working in the field. The lecture will reveal which language areas are particularly delayed or disturbed in children with DS compared to their non-disabled counterparts, as well as possible influencing factors. Finally, implications for therapeutic and special educational support will be explained and possibilities for language assistance discussed.

The speaker will be Dr. Eva Wimmer, deputy professor at the Chair of Special Language Needs Education in and Outside Schools at the University of Cologne.

The event will take place at HKW 2, HKW lecture hall complex – also nicknamed toaster, Wüllnerstraße 1 in Aachen. Admission is free.

Source: Press and Communications