ERIC Number: EJ719574
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 59
Language Skills of Adolescents with Tourette Syndrome
Legg, Carol; Penn, Claire; Temlett, James; Sonnenberg, Beulah
Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, v19 n1 p15-33 Jan-Feb 2005
A multiple single-case study investigated language characteristics of adolescents with Tourette Syndrome (TS). Ten adolescent subjects with diagnosed TS were evaluated on a test battery sensitive to high level language and discourse impairment. Results were compared to established norms or, where no norms have been established, with results obtained by 15 non-neurologically impaired adolescent subjects. Five subjects were differentiated from normal communicative performance by their test results. Although language profiles were variable, disorganized output, concreteness of language and poor language formulation abilities were apparent in these subjects. This symptomatology may reflect prefrontal disturbance and can possibly be explained by the pathogenesis of the disorder. This finding adds to literature regarding subcortical and frontal cortex language involvement and indicates further research.
Descriptors: Pathology, Language Skills, Adolescents, Psychomotor Skills, Neurological Impairments, Neurolinguistics, Language Processing, Foreign Countries, Reading Comprehension, Communication Skills
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa