Research has shown that speech and language skills are often severely delayed in children with disabilities such as Down’s Syndrome or autism. In order to stimulate these skills, it is essential that regular speech therapy is provided from an early age. This practical guide offers parents, and other carers, a week-by-week programme that encourages language acquisition, and aims to teach the child to use the type of language and communication that is appropriate in differing situations. Professor Irene Johansson’s early intervention programmes are widely practiced in Sweden, and are based on the belief that language and communication develop as an integral part of the child’s overall development, and are therefore important for the development of other abilities. The first two chapters of the book provide a theoretical background to early language intervention, and a summary of the research undertaken in order to develop the programme.