ERIC Number: EJ1057691
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
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Language Development in Infants and Toddlers with Fragile X Syndrome: Change over Time and the Role of Attention
Kover, Sara T.; McCary, Lindsay M.; Ingram, Alexandra M.; Hatton, Deborah D.; Roberts, Jane E.
American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, v120 n2 p125-144 Mar 2015
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is associated with significant language and communication delays, as well as problems with attention. This study investigated early language abilities in infants and toddlers with FXS (n = 13) and considered visual attention as a predictor of those skills. We found that language abilities increased over the study period of 9 to 24 months, with moderate correlations among language assessments. In comparison to typically developing infants (n = 11), language skills were delayed beyond chronological age and developmental-level expectations. Aspects of early visual attention predicted later language ability. Atypical visual attention is an important aspect of the FXS phenotype with implications for early language development, particularly in the domain of vocabulary.
Descriptors: Genetic Disorders, Infants, Toddlers, Language Acquisition, Attention, Language Skills, Visual Perception, Predictor Variables, Correlation, Comparative Analysis, Language Impairments
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. P.O. Box 1897, Lawrence, KS 66044-1897. Tel: 785-843-1235; Fax: 785-843-1274; e-mail: AJMR@allenpress.com; Web site: http://aaidd.allenpress.com
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Office of Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS); National Institutes of Health (DHHS)
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IES Grant or Contract Numbers: H324C990042|T32 DC005359|R01 MH090194|P30 HD003352