Longitudinal predictors of early language in infants with Down syndrome: a preliminary study
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Method: Longitudinal data for a group of infants with DS (n = 14) and a group of typically-developing (TD) infants (n = 35) were collected on measures that have been shown to predict language in TD infants and/or those with developmental delays. These included: non-verbal mental ability, speech segmentation skills, and early social communication skills (initiating and responding to joint attention, initiating behavioural requests).
Results: Linear regression analyses showed that speech segmentation and initiating joint attention were the strongest predictors of later language in the TD group, whereas non-verbal mental ability and responding to joint attention were the strongest predictors of later language for infants with DS.
Conclusions: Speech segmentation ability may not determine language outcomes in DS, and language acquisition may be more constrained by social communication and general cognitive skills.
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Research in Developmental Disabilities|
|Early online date||10 Jan 2018|
|State||Published - 1 Oct 2018|
- Longitudinal predictors of early language
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