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Background: I'm looking forward to be a father come fall. My son will have Downs Syndrome, so there are a lot of early interventions we have to think about to support our son - logopedics, augmentative communication and a lot of stuff I don't know about yet.

Of course, with all possible interventions and trainings and whatnot we will look for the track record of said methods. And of course our next years are not supposed to be only about therapy this and special training that!

We are gathering Information on different methods from relevant organizations etc. I want to be able to contextualize what we learn there.

Questions

  • What is a useful framework or model of how cognitive and other abilities develop in young children that can be used to understand their needs (not only the special ones) on a level that is not purely phenomenological?
  • What is a useful framework to understand why certain trainings etc. are effective, in comparison with others?
  • Are there any frameworks suited to an engineer with a basic understanding of neural networks and control theory as opposed to more qualitative psychological theories?

I'd be happy about pointers to texts relevant to my question.

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