" The GVDSS does not recommend or support various therapies, therapists, doctors, practitioners, etc. The only Board-approved partnership is with the Victoria Conservatory of Music for the Music therapy program. The GVDSS' mission is to be a support system for one another. It is left to individuals and families to determine the best services, therapies, doctors, and therapists for their particular needs and that fit their personal philosophies.
GVDSS Library

The following table lists titles currently held in the GVDSS library. All members are welcome to borrow from the library at any time and we

are always looking for new or updated books to add to our holdings.

If you would like to borrow a book or have a book you would like to donate to the library, please contact our librarian, Michael Fisher

A listing of some additional (or newer version) books that are held by the Greater Victoria Public Library is included at the bottom of this page


Title Year of publication Description Image
Ladybirds - Key Words 1a Play with us A series of books designed to teach young children to read by introducing a limited number of key words in each book that builds vocabulary as the the child progresses through the series


Ladybirds - Key Words 2a We have Fun
Ladybirds - Key Words 2b Have a go
Ladybirds - Key Words 3a Things we like
Ladybirds - Key Words 3b Boys and Girls
Ladybirds - Key Words 4a Things we do
Ladybirds - Key Words 4b Fun at the Farm
Ladybirds - Key Words 5a Where we go
Ladybirds - Key Words 5c More sounds to say
Ladybirds - Key Words 6a Our Friends
Ladybirds - Key Words 6b We like to help
Ladybirds - Key Words 6c Redaing with sounds
Ladybirds - Key Words 7b Fun and Games
Ladybirds - Key Words 7c Easy to sound
Ladybirds - Key Words 8a Sunny days
Ladybirds - Key Words 8b The Big House
Ladybirds - Key Words 8c Fun with Sounds
Ladybirds - Key Words 9a Games we like
Ladybirds - Key Words 9b Jump from the Sky
Ladybirds - Key Words 9c Enjoying Reading
Ladybirds - Key Words 10a Adventure on the Island
Ladybirds - Key Words 10b Adventure at the Castle
Ladybirds - Key Words 10c Learning is Fun
Ladybirds - Key Words 11a Mystery on the Island
Ladybirds - Key Words 11b The Carnival
Ladybirds - Key Words 11c Books are Exciting
Ladybirds - Key Words 12a The Holiday Camp Mystery
Ladybirds - Key Words 12b Mountain Adventure
Winders, Patricia Gross Motor Skills in Children with Down Syndrome - Topics in Down Syndrome 1997 Children with Down syndrome master basic gross motor skills-everything from rolling over to running-just as their peers do, but may need additional help. This guide illustrates more than 100 activities for parents and professionals to practice with children from birth through age six. Checklists allow readers to plan and track a child's progress. Gross Motor Skills
Bruni, Maryanne Fine Motor Skills in Children with Down Syndrome - Topics in Down Syndrome 1998 Written for parents, health professionals, and teachers, this is a practical and accessible guide to understanding and developing fine motor skills in children with Down syndrome. The author draws on her expertise as a seasoned occupational therapist and parent to show readers how to help children develop the hand skills required for such tasks as holding pencil, cutting with scissors, or using a computer. Especially valuable is the book's sensitivity to the medical, physical, and psychological characteristics of children with Down Syndrome and how these

Fine Motor Skills

Kumin, Libby Classroom Language skills for Children with Down Syndrome - Topics in Down Syndrome 2001 Language is the foundation for learning and school success. This is true for all students, including children with Down syndrome. Inclusive school settings provide children with Down syndrome great opportunities to improve their communication development- speaking, writing, listening, and following spoken instructions. But these same opportunities create real challenges for them because of wide-ranging skill levels and abilities in language and speech. Libby Kumin, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a leading expert on Down syndrome and its impact on communication development. Her new book covers every aspect of a child's language needs in school from kindergarten- age through early adolescence.


Classroom Language Skills

Kumin, Libby Communication Skills in Children with Down Syndrome - Topics in Down Syndrome 1994 The ability to communicate effectively is critical to the happiness of all children but may be particularly challenging for a child with Down Syndrome. This work, an excellent supplement to a previous compilation, Babies with Down Syndrome (Woodbine House, 1986), focuses specifically on how parents can maximize the communication skills of a child with Down Syndrome. Speech and language pathologist Kumin traces the development of communication skills from infancy through early adolescence, describing the problems that might arise during each stage and suggesting a wide range of home-based activities to help. Also discussed are the formal and informal methods of evaluating a child's communication ability, the interpretation of test results, and the range of professional services available. Communication Skills
Kumin, Libby Early Communication Skills for Children with Down Syndrome - Topics in Down Syndrome 2003 For children with Down syndrome, communicating is just as urgent and essential as it is for anyone else. In the newly updated and expanded edition of Communication Skills in Children with Down Syndrome, Libby Kumin offers comprehensive, authoritative, and practical advice based on her nearly 25 years of firsthand experience with kids with Down syndrome. She explains the role of a SLP, the stages of communication development, and how certain characteristics of Down syndrome, such as low muscle tone, hearing loss, and cognitive delays, can slow progression of those skills

Early Communication Skills

Van Dyke, Mattheis and Eberly Medical & Surgical Care for Children with Down Syndrome - A Guide for Parents - Topics in Down Syndrome 1995 This guide eliminates the need for parents to scour medical texts and journals in search of information they can understand about their child's medical condition. Easy-to-read and well-organized, the book covers medical treatments and conditions-from heart disease to skin conditions-more common among children with Down syndrome. Medical  Surgical Care
Trainer, Marilyn Differences in Common - Straight talk on Mental Retardation, Down Syndrome and life 1991 This collection of engaging essays goes a long way toward improving understanding of the effects and potential of Down Syndrome. Trainer, mother of a young adult with Down Syndrome and activist for the rights of the disabled, writes with perception and eloquence on the many issues which families of children with Down Syndrome must face: public attitudes, family adjustment, education, mainstreaming, adolescence, and independence. Particularly compelling is her report of the employment situation facing mentally retarded adults. Trainer makes a strong case for the worthwhile accomplishments which can be realized through the combination of a supportive family, funds for training, and a willing community. Differences in Common
Carniol, Ben Case Critical - Socal Services & Social Justice in Canada 2005 A classic text in social work education, Case Critical opens the door on Canada's social services from the perspective of social workers themselves, and service users or "cases", people whose voices we rarely hear.

Case Critical
Cairo, Shelley Our Brother has Down's Syndrome 1985 In a simple language, and illustrated with photographs three sisters describe the ways in which little brother Jai, a Down's Syndrome child, is different from other children, and what the family does to help him get along. Our Brother
Emmett, Johnathan Ruby in her own time 2007 Meet Ruby -- a little duckling who reaches big milestones in the heartwarming picture book gem. Mother Duck and Father Duck are worried about Ruby. As the littlest duckling of the family, she learns to eat and swim long after her four sisters and brothers. Father Duck frets that Ruby will never catch up, but Mother Duck calmly reassures him that Ruby will flourish -- "in her own time." Readers of all ages who have ever felt like the biggest or the littlest, the slowest or the fastest, or somewhere in between, will root for Ruby as she takes wing toward independence, at last. Once you've met Ruby, you'll never forget her! Ruby
Buckley, Sue The Development of Language and Reading Skills in Children with Down's Syndrome 1993 The book summarizes the current state of knowledge concerning language development in children with Down Syndrome (DS). The first chapter reviews language development in normal children, noting such stages as gestures, first sounds, development of understanding, first spoken words, and the two-word stage. The next chapter examines language skills in DS children and stresses individual differences within a wide range of development. Chapter 3 considers the particular difficulties which delay language development in DS children. Discussed in Chapter 4 is the use of signing in conjunction with speech to encourage language development in very young children. Chapter 5 looks at reading in DS children, with several case histories and a recommended structured reading program going from matching, selecting, and naming pictures to the same sequence for flash cards. The final chapter describes a variety of activities to encourage language development.

Speech and Language

Stray-Gunderson, Karen Babies with Down Syndrome - A new parent's guide 1995 Babies with Down Syndrome, the trustworthy guide which has benefited thousands of families since it was first published in 1985, is completely revised and updated in a new edition. Covering the best practices for raising and caring for children with Down syndrome through age five, this book is invaluable to new parents who have welcomed a baby with Down syndrome into their lives. Babies with Down Syndrome
Doman, Glenn What to do about your brain injured child 2005 In What To Do About Your Brain-Injured Child, Doman recounts the story of The Institutes tireless effort to refine treatment of the brain injured. He shares the staff's lifesaving techniques and the tools used to measure?and ultimately improve?visual, auditory, tactile, mobile, and manual development. Doman explains the unique methods of treatment, and then describes the program with which parents can work with their own children at home in a familiar and loving environment. Included throughout are case histories, drawings, and helpful charts and diagrams. Brain Injured
Medlen, Joan E Guthrie The Down Syndrome Nutrition Handbook 2002 This one-of-a-kind book is the first to provide information, strategies, and tools to promote healthy living for people with Down syndrome, their families, and those who support them. Using her knowledge and expertise as a registered dietitian and experiences as a mother of a son with Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, and celiac disease, Joan Guthrie Medlen has blended intricate science with practical use to create a book that is indispensable. Medlen encourages parents and professionals to start teaching healthy habits early, yet stresses it is never too late to make changes. The Down Syndrome Nutrition Handbook describes the connection between healthy lifestyles and nutrition for people with Down syndrome and hands-on strategies for nutrition education.

Nutrition Handbook

Shields, Craig V. Strategies - A practical guide for dealing with professionals and human service systems 1987 Contains many useful tips for parents who deal with service providers on a regular basis. Strategies
Brill, Marlene � � Targ Keys to Parenting a Child with Down Syndrome 1993 Here's help for parents who must cope with the details of raising children in the often-demanding contemporary environment. Bringing up children today is different - and in many ways, more difficult - than it was in past generations. Barron's Parenting Keys speak to today's parents, with answers to today's problems. Understanding Down syndrome; parent/family adjustment; child's health & education; planning for the future. Keys to Parenting
Denholm, Carey  J. Adolescents with Down Syndrome - International Perspectives on Research and Development Program 1991 A collection of research papers on developments in the field of down syndrome and adolescence


GVPL Holdings - below are some books held by the Greater Victoria Public Library. There are others - you can visit

their website at and search to find additional titles


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