The goal of speech therapy is effective communication between your child and the world around (family, school and community). Communication includes not only speech, but also facial expressions, smiles, gestures, and alternative systems such as sign language and computer-based systems.
Although problems vary, common speech and language challenges emerge for many children with Down Syndrome. A child with Down syndrome may have more difficulty with expressive language (talking) than with receptive language (understanding), he might have difficulty making himself understood, or she may struggle with correct grammar or speaking fluently (smoothly).
The good news is that these speech and language problems are not unique to children with Down syndrome and can be addressed with the same type of speech therapy commonly used with typical children. Consequently, a great deal of knowledge and experience is available to help a child with Down syndrome overcome his or her specific areas of challenge.
*Resource: Kumin, Libby, Comprehensive Speech and Language Treatment for Infants, Toddlers, and Children with Down Syndrome.