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ERIC Number: EJ860506
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 108
ISSN: ISSN-1080-4013
Language and Communication Development in Down Syndrome
Roberts, Joanne E.; Price, Johanna; Malkin, Cheryl
Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews, v13 n1 p26-35 2007
Although there is considerable variability, most individuals with Down syndrome have mental retardation and speech and language deficits, particularly in language production and syntax and poor speech intelligibility. This article describes research findings in the language and communication development of individuals with Down syndrome, first briefly describing the physical and cognitive phenotype of Down syndrome, and two communication related domains--hearing and oral motor skills. Next, we describe language development in Down syndrome, focusing on communication behaviors in the prelinguistic period, then the development of language in children and adolescents, and finally language development in adults and the aging period. We describe language development in individuals with Down syndrome across four domains: phonology, semantics, syntax, and pragmatics. We then suggest strategies for intervention and directions for research relating to individuals with Down syndrome.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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