Here are some useful tips from a blogger for gravitybread.com who is a speech language pathologist that works with children and adults with Down Syndrome:
Provide visuals with a literacy activity.
Work on weaker phonological skills such as rhyming! Read such books as Dr. Seuss that emphasize rhyming and make the experience motivating and engaging. For example, the words “hat” and “bat” provide pictures with the words to help a child see the word and the picture. This exercise can help build more awareness of rhyming words and build auditory skills.
Provide a literacy learning environment within the home.
One of the great predictors of literacy success starts at home and having an enriched learning environment can help a child immensely with a love of reading.
Expand on receptive language!
From the articles I read, one of the great predictors of success with literacy depends on a child’s receptive language. Make joint reading a language opportunity for expanding vocabulary. As you are reading a story, use print referencing skills to build awareness of print, sight words and expanding of vocabulary. Do you want to learn more about vocabulary growth during reading? Check out this article here.